The Increase in Domestic Abuse

Data from domestic abuse victims and survivors' helplines shows that for the period from 1st April 2020 to 31st December 2020, calls and contacts logged on the National Domestic Abuse Helpline database increased by 34% on the same period of the previous year.

The Respect Helpline for male victims of domestic abuse calls increased by 39% over nine months.

Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality, or background.

Forms of Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is not always physical violence. It can also include:

  • Coercive and controlling behaviour
  • Economic abuse
  • Online abuse
  • Threats and intimidation
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse 

Although the stay-at-home guidance has now changed, a lot of people will still be conducting much of their daily life from inside their home, and more people will continue to work from home. 

If you believe that you or someone you know could be the victim of domestic abuse, there are signs that you can look out for, including:

  • Being withdrawn or isolated from friends and family
  • Being belittled or put down. 
  • Being told that the other persons' behaviour is your fault or that you are overreacting.
  • Not being allowed to go to work or to meet friends. 
  • Having your internet or social media accounts monitored or your texts or emails read. 

There is a range of protective orders available, and we are experienced in dealing with these applications urgently and without notice to the other person when required. 

Non-Molestation Order 

You may be able to apply for a Non-molestation Order. This is a type of order that stops someone from using or threatening violence against you or your children or intimidating, harassing, or pestering you.

You may be able to apply for an Occupation Order. This is a type of order that sets out who can live in the family home (or certain parts of it), and it can also restrict someone from entering the area surrounding a home.

The family team at Myerson are sensitive to these issues, and we can talk to you about the signs to look out for if you are concerned that you or someone you know may be the victim of domestic abuse.

There are several organisations that can offer support, and we have included some links below. If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police. 

Home | tdas | Trafford Domestic Abuse Services | Stretford, Manchester

Home - Women's Aid

Help For Domestic Violence Perpetrators | Respect Phoneline UK

Here to Help

If you would like further information on how we can help or if you have any more questions about Non-Molestation Orders or Occupation Orders, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Family team on 0161 941 4000 or email the Myerson Family Law Team.