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One in four women will suffer some form of domestic in their lifetime. Shockingly, two women are killed every week by their current or former partner. Whilst awareness of such issues is growing, many women and men experiencing abuse are not aware of the help available to them.


With the summer holidays approaching, the number of people experiencing domestic abuse is likely to increase. School holidays can cause additional pressure within a household, whether it is because a family is forced to spend more time together, or for example, problems with child care can cause more arguments. Such pressures are compounded by the financial constraints placed on many families at this time of year.


Domestic abuse can take many forms; most people are aware that it covers physical violence and threats to hurt you or others around you. Lesser known is that it can also include emotional abuse such as constant criticism or humiliation, possessive and controlling behaviour, using anger and intimidation to make you comply with demands and the use of emotional blackmail by threatening to harm themselves.


All forms of domestic abuse are against the law. You may be able to obtain a court order to protect you (and your children) from further harm. If you are suffering from any form of abuse you should seek assistance and advice; come in for an appointment at Wollens where we can discuss your options and whether you may be eligible for legal aid.


If you would like to discuss this article further, please contact Victoria Harle at Wollens:

Please call Victoria Harle on : 01803 225113
Email : [email protected]








Victoria to speak at special event

A special networking event is being held to focus on domestic abuse in Torbay.

Victoria Harle, a family law executive with solicitors Wollens, will be one of the guest speakers at the event at the Paignton Library in Great Western Road on Wednesday June 26 between 10am and 12.30pm.

The event is to discover how various organisations tackle and deal with domestic abuse issues and how they can work together.

Joining Victoria will be police representatives, Women ROC, the Ladies Lounge, Devon Clinic, the Department of Works an Pension and officials from the Safer Communities.

Victoria deals with private child disputes, domestic abuse injunctions and care work.

She also works with Rachel Carter in Wollens’ family department, acting in complex care proceedings and non-accidental injury.

Just a couple of months ago Dave Kendall, a partner in the care team at Wollens, spoke to an  Adult Safeguarding Forum.