Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Deal with Domestic Abuse

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Deal with Domestic Abuse

Article excerpt

DOMESTIC violence has featured much in the news and Press over recent years.

This is hardly surprising when some statistics are considered; 25% of women and 15% of men experience domestic abuse.

With 60 calls being made to national police forces every hour, more domestic abuse is reported than ever before.

However, less than half of the incidents of domestic abuse is either reported or addressed.

Domestic abuse is an unacceptable yet depressingly common problem and must continue to be tackled.

The impact of domestic abuse cannot be overestimated.

It has been accepted for a number of years that witnessing domestic violence can cause children significant harm and indeed the existence of domestic violence is increasingly being seen as a cause for Social Services intervention within families.

The seriousness with which domestic abuse is considered is evidenced by the fact that although family legal aid is largely being scrapped completely from 1st April 2013, legal aid will still continue to be available in a variety of family cases where there is evidence of domestic abuse.

So what is domestic abuse and what can be done? The accepted definition of domestic violence is "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".

The law that exists to deal with domestic violence is there to protect all victims irrespective of gender, race or sexuality.

There are a number of remedies available for assistance and protection and public funding will continue to assist those who are or have been victims of domestic abuse. The most common legal remedies are Non-Molestation Orders and/or Occupation Orders, both more commonly known as Injunctions.

A Non-Molestation Order can protect any victim and any relevant child from violence and harassment. …

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