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Domestic Violence

Domestic violence covers many types of abuse, including physical, emotional, sexual and financial, and can affect people from all backgrounds, regardless of their gender, race, sexual orientation or income. There is no specific offence of domestic abuse, but perpetrators can be prosecuted for a variety of offences, ranging from assault through to murder, each carrying its own specific penalties. If you are facing accusations relating to domestic violence then the specialist solicitors at Minton Morrill can help.

In March 2013, the Government expanded the legal definition of domestic violence to cover victims aged 16 and 17, rather than just those over 18. This is as a result of a Government survey which found that the 16 to 19 age group was most likely to suffer abuse from a partner.

In addition, where domestic violence was previously defined as a single act or incident, it has also been expanded to cover ‘coercive control’, meaning a pattern of behaviour and separate instances of control which amount to abuse, including intimidation, isolation, depriving victims of their financial independence or material possessions and controlling their everyday behaviour.

If you are facing such accusations then it is important to seek legal representation immediately before you allow the police to interview you or make any form of admission. Offences alleged to have been committed in a domestic violence context are taken extremely seriously by the police, particularly if children or vulnerable adults are involved, so instructing the specialist domestic violence solicitors at Minton Morrill at the earliest opportunity will enable us to provide you with the best possible representation.

To find out how our specialist domestic violence solicitors in Leeds, Bradford, Hull, West Yorkshire, East Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and the wider North of England can help, please contact us.

 

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