Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence


We all understand physical violence as being “domestic violence” but the UK government definition is as follows:

“Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.

This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:
• psychological
• physical
• sexual
• financial
• emotional



Child Arrangement Orders


Controlling behaviour is: a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.

Coercive behaviour is: an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.”

I have dealt with many cases of domestic violence over the last 15 years, some of which have been more horrific than others but they have all been shocking in many ways. What I have noticed is the increase in cases involving adult children being violent towards their parents. The children refuse to leave home, they terrorise the parents who are often frail and unable to stand up for themselves.

In turn the parents are also riddled with guilt about taking any action against them, after all as parents our job is to protect our children and this goes against the grain. These cases often involve drug or mental health issues.

It is possible to obtain an injunction against a child or a parent in the same way that you would obtain one against a husband or wife. If you need a sympathetic, understanding solicitor then please get in touch on 01952 214085 or 07950 848241.

Rachel McGrath