At 174 Law we know how important it is that you and your family feel safe from harm – especially if you’re experiencing relationship difficulties.
Our considerate and rational approach means you’re in the right hands when it comes to your domestic violence case.
What constitutes as domestic Abuse?
No one should suffer through a relationship with a violent partner. Domestic abuse comes in many forms and can be classed as:
- Physical violence
- Threatening behaviour
- Constant insults
- Controlling behaviour (including finances and social life)
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Coercive behaviour
Signs of domestic violence
When you’re in a relationship, it’s tricky to tell whether or not you are a victim of domestic violence as some people are unsure as what constitutes as a warning sign. It’s particularly difficult as, in a lot of cases, your partner may be manipulating you so you’re blind to the signs. Here are a few warning signs of domestic violence to help you make your own decision:
- Pick at you for the smallest things / seems to fly off the handle at small mistakes
- Constantly puts you down in a verbal manner (e.g. calling you “worthless” or “useless”)
- Control when and where you see family and friends
- Insists on knowing of your whereabouts all the time
- Doesn’t let you have a separate social life
- Threaten, frighten or intimidate you
- Physically hurts or attacks you
- Controls your money / spending
There are many more warning signs, but these are the most common signs we hear from our clients at 174 Law.
How can 174 Law help?
We’re here to assist you with any matters you have with regards to domestic violence and we can point you in the right direction for the appropriate support, as well as help to make arrangements for you and your family.
There are currently two variations of court order to protect you and your family from domestic violence:
An Occupation Order can effectively exclude your partner from your home and bar them from re entering your property – or even within a certain distance of your property. If your partner doesn’t conform to the order then they will be arrested by the police without need for a warrant. If you’re worried that you won’t be able to make rent or mortgage payments without your partner, you can also make a claim to the courts so your partner makes payments for a period of time.
A Non-molestation Order prevents your partner from threatening violence towards you and your family. Concerned that your partner may use someone else to send threatening messages or attack you? A Non-molestation Order also covers accomplices and, if anyone breaches the order, they will be arrested.
The first step towards escaping an abusive relationship is to let people know. Our family law team specialises in domestic abuse and we will always make sure that, first and foremost, you and your family are safe from harm. We will give you discreet and supportive advice but will only act if you instruct us to do so.
Legal Aid may also be available to you if you are financially eligible. To see if you would be eligible check out the legal aid online calculator find out more