This Sunday it is Valentine’s Day once again. It is a very busy time of the year for florists, restauranteurs and card shops, as many people scurry around to purchase tokens of their love for another.
However, for many people, Valentine’s Day will not be the happy day filled with love that it is portrayed to be. For those who are in an abusive relationship it may be a sad day, as they are reminded of how fulfilling a relationship can be without fear. At worst, it could be yet another day upon which they are exposed to abuse, manipulation and control by the person whom they have entrusted with their love.
In recognition of this, Greater Manchester Police have launched a 48-hour crackdown on domestic abuse ahead of Valentine’s Day, known as Operation Olympus. They have urged both victims of domestic abuse and also witnesses to contact the Police and they have promised to be out in force to ensure offenders are brought in and locked up before they cause any further misery.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, we know how difficult it is to ask for help. You are not alone, in most cases of domestic abuse there will have been a number of instances of abuse before the victim seeks help. There are a variety of reasons for this, which can include a sense of loyalty to the partner, shame, embarrassment and financial issues.
At WTB Solicitors, we know that ending a relationship or even considering ending a relationship can be a very stressful time. We also know that if you are a victim of domestic abuse, you will have additional worries and concerns. We would therefore like to reassure you that if you make the decision to ask us for advice, we will be there to support you.
Our team of Family Law Solicitors are very experienced in helping victims of domestic abuse; not only to secure protection from their abuser but also in other ways, such as advising on arrangements for the children, divorce and also finances, all of which can become more complex when there are issues of domestic abuse. If you do decide to ask us for help, our aim is to make the process less stressful for you at what is a very difficult time.
If you would like to speak to one of our Family Law Solicitors, please contact us on 0161 224 3311 to arrange an appointment. Please note that if domestic abuse is a feature, Legal Aid may be available to assist with the costs of your case.