Domestic abuseÂ is defined asÂ “any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality”.
The reality of domestic abuse is that it manifests itself in innumerable ways, all of which are equally damaging. Historically, the physical aspects have been most prominent, but domestic violence is much more than this. It includes:
- Aspects of control, eg access to money and preventing access to support networks such as family or friends.
- Verbal abuse and what the charity Womenâ€™s Aid terms ‘destructive criticism’- behaviours such as name calling
It is considered in a much wider context now than it has been at any other time.
Our team of specialist lawyers are used to dealing with these highly sensitive matters and are always on hand to offer practical advice, whatever the circumstances.