Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse Solicitors Leeds

The law changed in 2015 and now includes psychological abuse as well as violence. The new legislation also includes those people who subject spouses, partners, and family members to psychological and emotional torment, but stop short of violence as well as those who display violent behaviour. This new law has paved the way for charges in cases where there is evidence of repeated “controlling or coercive behaviour”.

The new law, brought into force in England and Wales, follows a Home Office consultation in which 85% of participants said the existing law did not provide sufficient protection.

Domestic abuse is experienced at all levels of society regardless of age, gender, race, sexuality, or wealth.  It’s not just about physical violence. Abuse can take many forms including psychological, emotional, and sexual abuse.


We are here to help. Contact one of our understanding domestic abuse Solicitors in Leeds to discuss your circumstances and how we may be able to help you. We understand that your situation may be a very difficult one, and we will always be discreet and do our best to help you at a time that is best for you.

What is “controlling, coercive” behaviour?
The Home Office’s Statutory Guidance Framework on “controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship” includes:

- Isolating a person from their friends and family

- Controlling what they do, where they go, who they can see, what they wear and when they sleep etc

- Repeatedly putting them down, such as telling them they are worthless

- Enforcing rules and activity which humiliate, degrade or dehumanise the victim

- Financial abuse

- Threats to reveal or publish private information

Seeking the help you need


It is completely understandable that many people who have or are experiencing domestic abuse find it difficult to take the first step to seek help. In some cases, the controlling and or aggressive behaviour displayed towards a person can eventually feel normal. The new law even encompasses controlling behaviour via social media platforms.


We can help!


If you are in an abusive relationship we can help you to obtain an injunction to protect you from any further abuse. This can include removing an abusive partner from the home or preventing him/her from contacting you. We can also put you in touch with organisations that can provide practical and moral support.


Domestic abuse can also happen in other family relationships, not just between partners. If you are being abused by someone you are related to, you may be able to obtain a court injunction or a restraining order against them.


Domestic abuse can occur out of the blue, in stressful periods in your life, for example when you separate and resentment and frustration increase. These are times when you are more likely to have disagreements about sensitive and emotional matters that could relate to finances or child contact.


Whiterose Blackmans Solicitors LLP are here to help with your Family Law Matters, providing discreet legal advice tailored to your situation.