We have many years worth of experience working with victims of domestic violence. Clients can also rest assured that their case will be treated with complete confidentiality and compassion. We will do everything in our power to make you feel as comfortable and confident as possible.
What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence can broadly be defined as the systemic abuse of a person by their partner. This mistreatment can come in a variety of forms, including emotional, psychological, sexual or financial forms of abuse. Often, a number of these abuses occur in tandem, designed to exert power and control over the respective partner.
Domestic abuse can begin at any time in a relationship and is very rarely a one-off incident. Incidents can become more frequent over time and can leave the sufferer feeling trapped, alone and with nowhere to turn.
It is important to emphasise that domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity or religion.
Generally speaking, however, domestic violence incidents tend to be carried out by men and women tend to be the victims.
What laws protect domestic violence victims?
There are a number of pieces of legislation designed to protecting domestic violence victims, such as the recently updated Domestic Abuse Act (2018). The Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act 2016 is one of the most recent law changes affecting domestic violence victims in Scotland. As well as amending the law regarding sentencing in criminal cases, it has also given courts greater powers to protect victims from being harassed further by allowing criminal non-harassment orders to be imposed on a wide range of situations.
What orders can the court grant to protect domestic violence victims?
Victims of domestic abuse can obtain a variety of orders in the civil courts against their abuser. This will allow victims to feel safe in their own home and bring severe consequences against the perpetrator if such orders are infringed.
We can help you apply for appropriate orders so that you and your family can feel safe. Our Family Law team practices from our offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bathgate, Dalkeith and Musselburgh. Please do not hesitate to contact our Family Law team for further help and advice.