Domestic violence – how the law helps the victim

Domestic violence is not a myth if you feel so. It is a reality and is seen in many households and there should be zero tolerance for such heinous crime. No matter how small the incident of domestic violence is or how much you love the person who has committed the crime, you need to report it to the police to stop further such attacks and to teach a lesson to the person who has committed it.

According to the UK government law, the domestic violence is defined as: “Any incident which is having either any threatening behavior or violence or any type of abuse like physical, sexual, financial, psychological or emotional between adults who have been or are intimate partners or any family members, keeping the gender or sexuality aside.”

Support to the victim

If you are struggling to report the domestic violence crime because you think that you are all alone and no one is here to support you, you are wrong as there are many support agencies in the UK that can help you out. Such groups consist of volunteers that support the victim, IDVAs (Independent Domestic Violence Advocates), Women’s Aid, outreach workers and refuge provision. The IDVA’s will be there for you from start till the end of the court procedures and even beyond that if you need their assistance. So just keep all your worries aside and complain about the domestic violence. Your silence will enable the offender to repeat the crime again and again which you don’t want, do you?

It is important that when you file a case, you hire a solicitor – one of the finest databases of the lawyers is Solicitors Guru. The expert will guide you about the legal proceedings and procedures and also will help you in completing the legal documentation.
When it comes to charges, there are no special charges for the offense of the domestic violence. It is up to the prosecutor who will select the charge that is appropriate in accordance with the seriousness of the crime. It may include criminal damage, assault, threatening behavior or harassment, and much more. Once you file a case, the defendant will get a court order from the court to present in the court at the given date.

Concerning giving the bail to the defendant, it solely depends on the court. The court will decide whether the offense is bailable or not. The offender will be asked whether he accepts the charge or deny the offense. The seriousness of the crime will be decided and then the decision whether the bail should be given or not, will be taken. It is advisable that you hire a solicitor who is ready to take the case on the condition of no win no fee basis. What it is and why people use this option you can read in the additional issue about no win no fee.

In court, if the defendant is found guilty, the date will be given by the Probation Service so that both the parties can prepare the reports. However, if the defendant is not pleaded guilty, then the court will set the trial date and the court will hear all the evidence. All the witnesses have to be present in the court on the trial date.