Not always what might first come to mind. Probably we all think physical but what about those who suffer from the less obvious forms of emotional abuse?
Existing law caters for coercive and threatening behaviour. But it is still woolly in terms of the powers it grants to police to intervene in what might be a crime. The Government has recognised this problem and is now consulting on how best to define the criminal offence of ‘Domestic Abuse’. Including the obvious physical violence but adding the psychological and emotional forms of violence experienced by many.
Victims of such violence have welcomed the consultation and hope it will result in a redefining of the law on domestic abuse, particularly helping those in broken relationships.
The criminal process can be distressing and confusing for victims. Sometimes it helps to be able to talk about the process and expectations from it with an independent legal expert. If you want to know more call our criminal lawyer in Ipswich, Hugh Rowland at Gotelee.
Also, ‘unreasonable behaviour’ has long been recognised as grounds for divorce. The inclusion of emotional abuse as new type of criminal offence may assist in the bringing to an end of relationships, both in and outside marriage. We await the outcome of consultation. But if you want to know more call our divorce lawyer in Ipswich Helen Stuart at Gotelee.