Domestic Violence - How to Get Help
If you have experienced physical/sexual violence, threats (including threats by text, email or social media), emotional abuse, harassment or controlling behaviour from somebody you are in an intimate relationship with or a family member firstly contact the police, especially in an emergency. They can often act immediately, e.g. by making the other party leave your home, issuing a Harassment Notice, or helping you to obtain a restraining order at no cost to you.
Sometimes the police do not have enough evidence to obtain protection by means of a court order but often solicitors can obtain orders through the family court where the burden of proof is lower.
It is vital to report domestic violence to your GP and seek medical help promptly for any injuries. Hospital/GP notes can be produced as evidence to the court.
Where children are involved take urgent advice from a solicitor, their safety is paramount and they can suffer harm even if they are not the victims.