When it comes to describing domestic violence it’s easy to identify the life threatening and intimidating behaviours such as physical and sexual abuse, harassment, pestering and stalking.
But there are also the more subtle forms of abuse, such as controlling and coercive behaviour, and financial, emotional and psychological abuse. This may include, but is not limited to, belittling and humiliating a person, running up debts in their name and taking money from them. Controlling and coercive behaviour may encompass taking away a person’s freedom, telling them how to dress or isolating them, not allowing them to see friends or family.
Domestic abuse can also be at the hands of family members, in the form of forced marriages, female genital mutilation and so called honour crimes.
There are many reasons why victims may not feel able to ask for help, they might think no one will believe them, feel ashamed or think it is their fault. At Duncan Lewis we will help people take steps to protect themselves and their family. Sometimes it is enough for a warning letter to be sent to the perpetrator and other times we go to court to obtain an injunction for their protection.
If you are or think you are suffering from domestic abuse, please call our confidential and dedicated domestic violence helpline on 0800 689 3275.