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26 Domestic Violence, Abuse and Harassment

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1. Introduction

This leaflet tells you about your legal rights if you are suffering any sort of abuse from your husband or wife, boyfriend or girlfriend, partner or other members of your family. It also tells you how to get practical help to protect you and your children.

There is information on:

2. What can I do if someone in my family is abusing me?

3. Practical things to do if you have been abused

4. Taking legal steps

5. What the police can do for you

6. What a solicitor can do for you

7. Court orders you can get to protect you

8. How a court order protects you

9. What if the person abusing me is not my partner?

10. How can I help someone who is being abused?

11. Terms used in matters to do with domestic abuse

12. Further help

13. About this leaflet


The leaflets in this series give you an outline of your legal rights. They are not a complete guide to the law and are not intended to be a guide to how the law will apply to you or to any specific situation. The leaflets are regularly updated but the law may have changed since this was printed, so information in it may be incorrect or out of date.

If you have a problem, you will need to get more information or personal advice to work out the best way to solve it. See ‘Further help’ for sources of information and advice.

Domestic violence or abuse includes all kinds of behaviour that is meant to hurt or frighten you. It can happen to anyone: women and men; gay, lesbian and straight (heterosexual) people; and people of any age or background. It ranges from physical violence to cruel words and threats that are meant to scare you. You do not have to tolerate this kind of behaviour. There are laws to protect you and any children who live with you. The police, social services, medical services and courts can also help to keep you safe from harm.

This leaflet is published by the Gurkha Free Legal Advice (LSC). It was written in association with Imogen Clout, a solicitor and mediator specialising in family law.

Leaflet version: August 2008

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