By now, most of you will have heard about the domestic violence allegations that have been made against the actor Johnny Depp by his wife, Amber Heard. Since the release of the news, Amber has received a considerable amount of criticism for going public about the violence she suffered from her husband.
Whether you believe her or not, Amber’s story has helped to highlight domestic violence and the physical, emotional and mental damage that can be caused to the victim. Many sufferers will stay in a relationship with the perpetrator for years without acknowledging that such violence is wrong. This could be for a number of reasons, such as fear of leaving a partner (particularly if they are the breadwinner or if there are young children involved), denial or blaming themselves for the actions of their partner.
Many victims of domestic violence feel that they have no option but to stay. In the UK there is a wealth of support available ranging from helplines to refuges (for men and women) that can provide victims with the immediate assistance they need. Perhaps the greatest difficulty is helping a victim recognise when they are suffering from domestic violence.
Domestic violence does not have to be physical. In Amber’s case, it is likely that the visible injury she sustained to her face greatly assisted her application for a restraining order against her husband. However, domestic violence can be mental, emotional or financial and there need not be any physical harm suffered. For example, partners who are closely monitored and not given freedom to socialise, may be a victim of domestic violence. Mothers who perhaps stay at home with the children and are restricted financially by their partner again could be a victim.
At Hunter & Uro Solicitors, our experienced team can assist you in protecting you and your family. If you believe you may be suffering from domestic violence and you would like to discuss your options further please contact us for a free and confidential 30 minute consultation. Serving Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes, our lawyers can help you with your family law and divorce matters.