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Coronavirus: Isolating with your abuser?

Our People - Peter Bushell
8 April, 2020

Coronavirus: Isolating with your abuser?

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic grips the country, the government has asked everyone to stay indoors and only leave the house for essential shopping trips, and one instance of daily exercise.

The frightening reality is that many people across the country will be isolating inside their home and will not be feeling safe with the person they are living with.  An Article posed by BBC News dated the 31st March highlighted that “In the UK, calls to the national abuse hotline went up by 65% this weekend”. From this, it is clear that many people may be feeling helpless, and unsure of what support is available for them, or what their legal rights are.

If you are a victim of domestic abuse, it is so important that you obtain legal advice to see what help is available. Domestic Abuse has been defined by the Crown Prosecution Service as “any incident of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of their gender or sexuality”.

If you are suffering from Domestic Abuse, you should immediately obtain urgent legal advice, and your solicitor will be able to make an application on your behalf to the court for an injunction. All domestic abuse victims need to be re-assured that the Courts are still functioning as normal and can hear applications over the telephone. Your legal rights are not affected at all by the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are suffering from domestic violence of any kind, please get in touch with us at GN Law on 020 8492 2290, or via email at

All information provided by you is strictly confidential. It is possible that you might be entitled to legal aid, and one of our solicitors can discuss this with you over the telephone.

Peter Bushell specialises in Family Law, including divorce, children matters and resolving financial disputes in the context of divorce proceedings.

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