Sporting events and Domestic Abuse?
According to South Yorkshire Police, incidents of Domestic Abuse increase during sporting events. With the Euro 2016 football competition looming, added to warm summer sun and long afternoons of drinking, it is a combination that for some lead to anxiety and fear as to what will await them when they return home, especially in face of a sporting defeat.
Leigh Green comments, "Whilst the Euro '16 is fun for many, emotions do often run high and with the combination of alcohol, arguments escalate and can turn into incidents of domestic abuse that can have devastating effects on both the victim and any children of the household."
Domestic Abuse is defined as any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse be that psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional. Whilst the advice is always to contact the police in the first instance, it is widely recognised that for many victims there is a fear of doing so as they are worried about the impact that will have on their partner and in particular any children of the household.
In addition to criminal sanctions, there are other options for victims. The Family Law Act 1996 offers victims a level of protection through the family courts by obtaining a Non Molestation Order or an Occupation Order. These are orders which prevent an individual from using or threatening violence against the victim (and on some occasions their children); intimidating, harassing or pestering the individual or attending/occupying a particular property.
Leigh's advice is simple "No one should suffer in silence. Whether it is an isolated incident or a regular occurrence, talking through the options empowers the victim to make an informed choice as to the best way to proceed for their individual circumstances."
If you would like to talk about this article further or need any help or advice, please contact Leigh.
Please note this information is provided by way of example and may not be complete and is certainly not intended to constitute legal advice. You should take bespoke advice for your circumstances.