Christmas is a joyous time of year for all, or is it?
While the high streets and shop windows are adorned with decorations and there is much excitement and anticipation in the air for some, the festive season sadly doesn’t bring joy to anyone living with domestic violence or contemplating divorce or separation. In fact, it is the most feared time of year with abusers often at home longer leading to the escalating of arguments, intimidation and often violence. Police report a spike of abuse and violence at this time of year, year on year.
The ongoing battle to leave or stay, what happens about money, care of your children, where you will live etc doesn’t go away just because of the time of year. It is therefore important to know you can reach out – you do not need to suffer in silence.
Is it really abuse?
Domestic abuse is an incident or pattern of incidents – these can be controlling, threatening, degrading and/or violent. In the vast majority of cases, it is women that experience violence perpetrated by men but not exclusively.
Domestic abuse can include, but not be limited to: Coercive control – a pattern of isolation or control where one partner threatens the other physically or sexually to control their behaviour, physical or sexual abuse, emotional abuse, harassment, stalking, online or digital abuse are all forms of domestic abuse.
Can I get help/support without involving the police?
If you are experiencing any form of abuse, you can call:
Womens Aid – 0800 2000 247 – free 24 hour helpline
Men’s Advice line – 0808 801 0327
Specialist advice & longer-term planning
Gaining immediate help and support is imperative, however, planning for an alternative future is key to mental wellbeing and happiness. Kidd Rapinet’s experienced family lawyers deal with complex relationships and their domestic violence specialist lawyer brings an entirely different level of understanding and support to men and women suffering from abuse.
For further help, please call Claire Lancaster or Catherine Banks on 01494 895451