Domestic abuse can be difficult to admit to in any relationship – and the same tensions which occur in any relationship can occur in LGBTQ relationships, same sex marriages, civil partnerships and in cohabiting same sex partnerships.
Under the Family Law Act 1996, there are court orders, which can be applied for to prevent further domestic abuse, including:
Identifying abuse can be difficult and traumatic because frequently victims still have strong feelings for their partner and will forgive incidents in which they may end up feeling emotionally or psychologically hurt or physically injured.
Domestic abuse can involve:
Abuse can start with what appears to be harmless behaviour – such as one party losing their temper frequently and causing the other party to be fearful for their own safety – to actual physical assault or verbal abuse of a partner, including belittling them publicly or privately and undermining their confidence to the point they become unable to defend themselves physically, verbally or emotionally.
Domestic abuse may also be fuelled by drug or alcohol use, or be linked to lifestyle changes, such as one partner losing their job – or may even be fuelled by insecurity in the relationship because of jealousy or worry that a partner has other relationships.
Duncan Lewis is a leading provider of domestic abuse legal advice to heterosexual and same sex or LGBTQ couples.
Duncan Lewis understands that some individuals in same sex relationships may not have disclosed their sexuality openly to others.
LGBTQ clients can discuss any issues freely and in confidence with our solicitors, who have a legal duty to protect client confidentiality.
Victims of domestic abuse are automatically entitled to Legal Aid if there are allegations of domestic abuse and/or these are being investigated by the police.
Duncan Lewis understands how difficult it can be for victims of domestic violence to take the first step to getting help – and will advise clients on legal action they can take to protect themselves and their children from an abuser.
Duncan Lewis is ranked and recommended by the Legal 500 UK Legal Directory for its excellence in Family & Child Care work – and the Duncan Lewis team includes Advanced Members of the Law Society’s Family Panel and members of the Law Society Children Panel – so our team has the necessary expertise to represent clients in domestic abuse matters.
For confidential and expert legal advice on domestic violence in same sex relationships, call the Duncan Lewis Domestic Violence Solicitors on 03337722409.