As many as 1 in 4 women suffer from Domestic Violence during their lifetime and at least 2 women a week die as a result.
Suzanne Oldnall at Quality Solicitors Parkinson Wright says that sadly during the festive period statistics show that the pressures of Christmas, both financial and as a consequence of alcohol can result in a considerable increase in domestic violence. Often the victim will not speak out as they do not want to break up the family at what should be a happy time and therefore suffer in silence.
If you are suffering from domestic violence, you can contact The National Domestic Violence Helpline run in conjunction with Women’s Aid and Refuge who offer a 24 hour Freephone service that gives support and guidance wherever you are in the Country.
You can also contact the Police. West Mercia, Wiltshire and Greater Manchester Police have successfully piloted the introduction of DVPN’s (Domestic Violence Protection Notices) which have been extended for another year. Under this scheme the Police and Magistrates can protect the victim by preventing the perpetrator from contacting the victim or returning to their home for up to 28 days.
QualitySolicitors Parkinson Wright can help by making an application for a non-molestation order in the Civil Courts. This will offer protection for a period of 6 to 12 months and gives the victim time to break free from the cycle of abuse, regain peace of mind and address other issues such as protecting their children and dealing with contact. In severe cases, the order can last a lifetime.
If you are the victim of abuse and fear the festive period, please contact QualitySolicitors Parkinson Wright on 01905 726789 to have a confidential chat with Suzanne who will be able to advise you with speed and compassion on what options are available to you.