What is Domestic Abuse?

We are leading family law and domestic abuse solicitors in Exeter. We can provide domestic abuse legal advice and refer you to local support services if you are worried that your partner is abusive, are scared of your partner or another family member, or need help to leave an abusive relationship.

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading or violent behaviour, including sexual violence. In the majority of cases, domestic abuse is committed by a partner or ex-partner, but it can also be by a family member or a carer. It is very common. In the majority, but not all, of cases it is experienced by women and is perpetrated by men.

Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to:

  • Coercive control; a pattern of intimidation, degradation, and isolation by separating from friends and family
  • Psychological and/or emotional abuse
  • Physical and sexual abuse
  • Financial or economic abuse
  • Harassment and stalking
  • Online or digital abuse

Contact us to discuss your case in complete confidentiality with an experienced domestic abuse lawyer. We will provide legal advice on domestic abuse, including what steps can be taken to protect you and your children if you are scared of your partner or want to leave an abusive relationship. We can also advise you on protecting your home and finances from an abusive partner. Your safety will be our priority at all times.

A named member of our family law team will deal with your case throughout. You will be given clear and focused advice, including guidance about your position and how much the case will cost, where relevant. Legal aid is available for cases involving domestic abuse, subject to financial eligibility.

Please direct any initial enquiries to Mark Fairchild, Family Team Administrator.

Further support in Devon is available through the Devon Domestic Abuse Service provided by Splitz.

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