23 April 2020
Domestic violence during lockdown? Options available for victims
As domestic abuse hits the headlines again we find we are receiving a number of calls from people who have sadly been the victims of domestic violence. They have called the police and after the police have attended and spoken with a suspect, the person who reported the incident has been advised to protect themselves by taking out a civil injunction although the advice is often not specific about the type of civil injunction.
Whilst injunctions are one option open to victims of domestic abuse and violence, quite simply this advice is not wholly the correct advice on many levels. During these virus hit times, actions for some forms of injunctions are only available in the most pressing cases. There is also a cost and time element even when courts are willing, or available to hear the case.
The police have a wide range of options open to them to provide immediate protection which should always be the starting point. These include bail conditions and domestic violence protection orders. The powers available to the police are there to protect and all options should be considered.
If you have reported domestic violence and have only been given the option of a civil injunction please contact us as we are able to review your case and ascertain whether further action with the police to offer you protection and greater peace of mind. Our criminal and family lawyers work closely together to ensure the best interests of the person seeking to exit an abusive relationship and ensure their safety in the future.
Please contact either of our expert criminal lawyers, Jonothan Moss or James Constable who have a deep knowledge on police powers and protections, or Fran Hipperson in our family team who has a recognised expertise in family courts and matters involving domestic abuse or violence. Alternatively, call us on 01753 889995 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Helplines and support if you're experiencing abuse:
· Freephone 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline - 0808 2000 247 (run by Refuge)
· Women's Aid online chat service (open Monday-Friday 10am-12pm)
· Chayn: information, guidance and courses to support coping and recovery
· Men's Advice Line: 0808 801 0327
· Galop: 0800 999 5428 (national helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people experiencing domestic abuse)
· As always, anyone in danger should call 999.