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Spice girl speaks out

Many people will be aware of the current press attention being received by former Spice Girl, Melanie Brown. Mel B has separated from her Husband and obtained a restraining order against him in the United States. Alarming allegations of domestic violence have been made by Mel B against her Husband spanning a prolonged period of time.

Many abusive relationships begin life with a flattering display of love and affection which can then deteriorate into unreasonable jealousy and possessiveness, often leading to abusive and controlling behaviour which escalates over time.

Domestic abuse includes any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse. This can be physical, sexual, emotional or financial.

Controlling behaviour makes a person feel subordinate or dependent. Often the abuser will achieve this by isolating their victim from sources of support, exploiting their resources for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence or regulating their everyday behaviour.

Coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten.

There are many factors which can affect relationships, such as high expectations, stress and financial pressure. These can all lead to a relationship becoming abusive.

Despite much domestic abuse going unreported, it is clearly still prevalent in everyday life with 943,628 incidents reports to the Police in the twelve months preceding March 2015 according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales (2016). Some 4.5 million women and 2.2 million men aged between 16-59 have been victims of domestic violence. Such violence included abuse, stalking and sexual assault.

If you think you may be experiencing domestic violence or you are at all concerned for your safety, or the safety of your children, family solicitors can take fast and effective legal steps that can protect you.

There are a variety of potential remedies available in situations of domestic abuse. It is therefore crucial to seek advice so that your solicitor can provide you with advice suitable to your particular circumstances.


This article was written by Eloise Down, and overseen by Jane Porter.

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