No one should live in fear

Mary-Ann Wanjiku discusses the legal aspects regarding domestic abuse.

It is often the case that those in abusive relationships cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel. Domestic abuse can effect anyone. The victims often feel a stigma and are unable to tell anyone.

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is unacceptable verbal, physical, sexual, emotional, controlling or psychological behaviour from one person in the household to another. It does not necessarily involve violence and may just be threatening or control of finances.

Therefore, many do not realise that they are victims.

If you are a victim, what can you do?

Our first suggestion would be to immediately remove yourself from any immediate threat of abuse. Make sure to protect yourself from your abuser.

The next suggestion is to seek advice from specialists like us. You can organise an emergency non molestation order so to remove the immediate threat.

Our experts can then apply for further court orders stopping the person coming near you or entering your home. We can help to put provisions in place to protect your children.

Further, we can resolve any financial issues that may incur and help with any divorce that could ensue.

Can you get public funding as a victim of domestic abuse?

As a victim of domestic abuse you are entitled to public funding known as Legal Aid. You need to prove you have suffered abuse and that you meet the financial means tests.

How can I get more information?

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