JNP Legal were fortunate enough to attend a seminar hosted by Welsh Women’s Aid during sexual violence awareness week. The seminar was focussed on sexual abuse and violence and looked at good practice in supporting survivors, the impact upon survivors and effective intervention for offenders. There were a number of support agencies and charities in attendance and we heard from some great speakers.
The number of people who will experience sexual violence and harassment within their lifetime is a shocking statistic, and many incidents remain unreported with victims being too afraid to speak up, or feeling as though they have no one to turn to. Unfortunately many cannot access the support that they need and want. Women are more likely than men to experience incidents of abuse but it is not only women who are victims.
The UK Government definition of domestic violence and abuse is:
Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, 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 violence and abuse can take many forms such as coercively controlling behaviour, emotional or psychological abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse, harassment and stalking.
If you have been subject to any form of domestic abuse and require support please contact the Live Fear Free Helpline on 0808 80 10 800. If you are living in the Merthyr Tydfil area and require support and guidance though any of these issues you can also contact Llamau on 01685 379999 or the Domestic Abuse Resource Team (DART) on 01685 388444.
If you require any legal advice or assistance in respect of any issue concerning any domestic abuse that you may have suffered please do not hesitate to contact our family department. We can assist you on a number of matters including family injunctions, the occupation of property, matters regarding children and separation and divorce issues. You may be entitled to legal aid if you cannot afford to pay your legal fees.
JNP Legal will be holding a Welsh Cakes Cake Sale on Friday 8 March 2019 at our offices in Merthyr Tydfil in aid of Women’s Aid and to celebrate International Women’s Day. Please come in to support this worthy cause.
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