Our skilled, sensitive Leeds, Harrogate and York based family law specialists can help victims of domestic violence and abuse, or threatened violence, to protect themselves and their loved ones.
An estimated 1.9m people in the UK – both men and women – suffer some type of domestic abuse every year. More than 100,000 people are at high risk of being harmed and seven women a month in England and Wales die at the hands of a current or former partner.
The effects of domestic violence on victims include anger, shame, fear, isolation, resentment, psychological problems, self-harm and feelings of powerlessness. Victims can also be concerned about the impact on children, fearing that they too could become targets of abuse.
Frequently, the self-esteem of victims is eroded and they may blame themselves for what is happening to them. In many cases, they will cut themselves off from family and friends to hide any visible injuries or because they are ashamed to seek support and advice.
Following a change in the law in 2015, psychological abuse and controlling and coercive behaviour are now also recognised as domestic abuse.
How Jones Myers can help
Our highly trained, sensitive family law specialists can help and support you if you are a victim of violence or threatened violence. We understand domestic abuse occurs in all levels of society regardless of gender, wealth, age or race.
In entirely confidential consultations, we discuss all the options available to you and advise you on which route may be the best one for you and your family. These include court applications for an injunction to protect you and any children and/or orders barring your abuser from the family home.
The protection the court offers is available to married, divorced, cohabiting and former cohabiting couples – as well as those in civil partnerships.
We can also suggest other organisations who may be able to offer you assistance outside the legal process.
To make an appointment or enquiry with one of our domestic abuse specialists, by telephone or email, please contact Sarah Dickinson, Anthony Parrish or Jane Bolton. All contacts will, of course, be treated in the strictest confidence.
Alternatively, if you would prefer, please complete our enquiry form below.