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Family Homes and Domestic Violence:

Under the Family Homes and Domestic Violence act of 1995 people are entitled to protection against physical or mental abuse by another individual, even when there are close family ties between them.

Violence in the home isn’t restricted to physical violence: abuse, threats, humiliation, harassment, controlling behaviour, withholding of money, any form of manipulation – these are all covered by the same act.

If you believe that you may be in a situation in which you are being victimized in any way and by any person, while you are in your own home, then you may have recourse to the law.

If you are in any doubt as to whether you are the victim of violence or abuse in the home, then you can speak to a lawyer, who should be able to give you advice on what you should do next.

At Khan McKenzie Solicitors , we have lawyers who are experienced in this area of legislation and who will be able to give you guidance and advice as well as directing you to practical help if appropriate.

It’s important to recognize that anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or indeed the relationship between abuser and abused can be or become a victim of domestic abuse and violence in the home, and everyone has the same right to be protected from that abuse by the law.

While it’s true that the majority of victims of this kind of abuse are women and children, there are many cases of men being subjected to mental and physical abuse too, and they have the same rights to legal help and protection as anyone else.

Sadly, domestic violence is an all too common occurrence, and statistics indicate that as many as one woman in four is the victim of domestic abuse or violence at some time in their lives, and that perhaps one in ten men will be subjected to some kind of pressure or abuse in the home. However, it is believed that many people are being victimised, but will never come forward to report the abuse due to social pressures or from fear of reprisal by their abuser, so these figures may be considered to be conservative estimates, and the actual numbers of people whose lives are being made intolerable through violence or abuse may be much higher.

From our offices in Wolverhampton and Birmingham, we see and help many people who feel that they are under threat or have already been victimised in the home, and who have made the first step towards getting proper protection by seeking the advice of a lawyer. This is often easier than going to the police, as there is a widely held, but unfounded belief that the police will not help in cases where there is a relationship between the abuser and the victim, such as in an abusive marriage.

If you believe that you, or someone close to you or known to you, is a victim of abuse, either physical or mental, then it is your right and duty to seek professional help, either from the police or from a lawyers such as ourselves at Khan and Co. Solicitors.

Additionally, there are a number of charities and support organizations that provide help for the victims of abuse. Details of local charities that might help are available online, through the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, from a local library or information service, from the police or indeed from a firm of lawyers such as ourselves.

Protection for individuals who are experiencing domestic violence is available through both civil and criminal law. Among the measures available to the legal system is the ability to seek an occupation order, which defines who can live in the family home. Coupled with a non-molestation order, which makes it illegal for the abuser to continue to wage any kind of abuse on the victim, this allows the victim or victims to live in the home free from the threat of further violence.

Should an abusive person who has had such an order or orders taken out against him or her try to gain access or to continue to commit or threaten to commit violence, they are liable to arrest and prosecution.

Keeping in view the financial difficulties of clients, we have tailored very reasonable and affordable costs structure for our Family Law matter clients. If you would like to discuss any matter related to Family Law, please contact us through phone +44(121)794 2000 or alternatively make an online enquiry and we will respond at the earliest opportunity. We are very flexible in arranging appointments and offer highly friendly and personlized service with very competitive costs.

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