Are you a victim of domestic abuse?

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Everyone has arguments and disagrees with their partners and other family members from time to time. We all do things we later regret and which cause unhappiness to those we care about. But if this begins to form a consistent pattern then it may be an indication of domestic abuse. Many people think of Domestic Abuse as being physical violence but the government definition of domestic violence and abuse includes psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional abuse.

 

At Kenyon Son and Craddock, Family Solicitors in Thorne, we use a questionnaire to help clients consider whether they may be suffering from domestic abuse. Have a read through the following questions and see if many of them apply to you:

 

  • Has your partner tried to keep you from seeing your friends or family?
  • Has your partner prevented you from continuing or starting a college course or from going to work?
  • Does your partner constantly check up on you or follow you?
  • Does your partner unjustly accuse you of flirting or having affairs with others?
  • Does your partner constantly belittle or humiliate you or regularly criticise or insult you in front of other people?
  • Are you ever afraid of your partner?
  • Have you ever changed your behaviour because you are afraid of what your partner may do or say to you?
  • Has your partner ever destroyed any of your possessions deliberately?
  • Has your partner ever hurt or threatened you or your children?
  • Have your children ever witnessed your partner’s behaviour towards you?
  • Has your partner ever kept you short of money so you are unable to buy food and necessary items for yourself and your children?
  • Has your partner ever forced you to do something you really didn’t want to do?
  • Has your partner ever tried to prevent you from taking necessary medication or seeking medical help when you felt you needed it?
  • Has your partner ever threatened to take your children away or said they would refuse to let you take them with you or to see them if you left?
  • Has your partner ever tried to prevent you leaving the house?
  • Does your partner blame their use of alcohol or drugs for their behaviour?If you feel you may be a victim of domestic abuse then we can help and will provide friendly, sympathetic advice. We offer a free initial appointment and Legal Aid may be available to help you deal with the abuse and to sort out children and financial issues. Please give us a call to see how we can help.
  • Julie Murray, Legal Executive.

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