Male Domestic Violence – The Lost Legal Aid
A Welsh charity has found that 2 in 3 men do not meet the required government criteria for legal aid – our specialist Family Law solicitor, Jenine Abdo, explains why more must be done to help all victims get access to the justice they deserve.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS)
numbers say 700,000 men are victims of domestic violence every year. This equates to 4.5% of the population – but why don't more men seek out legal advice?
A Culture of Disbelief
The Families Need Fathers (FNF)
survey offers some interesting findings; with the overarching theme that for men, there is a stigma surrounding the notion of being a domestic violence victim, especially at the hands of a female partner. Many men feel embarrassed to admit they have been abused.
For others, it is felt there is a strong bias against men in the family justice system; they did not feel like their claims were believed, or thought to be valid.
Gaining access to legal aid is extremely difficult for male victims:
- 42.6% of men who answered said that because they did not have access to legal aid, they had to represent themselves in court.
- A shocking 78.9% said that the reason they sought legal advice was to put a Child Arrangement Order in place.
Jenine comments:"I am starting to see many more men come forward to gain legal advice regarding domestic violence. For many men, this can be a troubling time – through fear of being called a liar, or of distrust in the justice system.
The important thing to remember for any man is that being abused doesn't have to be physical. Emotional, psychological, and financial abuse can all be just as debilitating, if not more so, in the longer term. You certainly do not need to suffer alone.
The findings by FNF highlight the very real need for more information to be given to men regarding domestic violence, so that they can be more aware of when they are being put in compromising situation, and how they can access legal aid that is appropriate for their case."
Simpson Millar's Experts Can Help You
If you're a victim of domestic violence
, you may feel ashamed or embarrassed to speak out – Simpson Millar's simple, straightforward process makes everything feel a lot less difficult at such a distressing time.Jenine and the rest of the Family Law team have years of experience dealing with all sorts of family problems, and they will be able to help you. With a range of packaged price, and bespoke services, you can sure that we will have an option to suit you.