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Are you suffering like Yasmeen from Coronation Street? What can be done about coercive and controlling behaviour?

Viewers of Coronation Street have been shocked at the abuse that Yasmeen has been suffering from Geoff. This is an example of coercive and controlling behaviour, one type of domestic abuse that is increasingly being recognised. Controlling and coercive behaviour has many definitions. It involves one person subjecting another to a pattern of behaviour that can include threats, humiliation, intimidation and other forms of physical and emotional abuse, including financial abuse. This ultimately results in the victim being isolated from others and totally dependent on their abuser.

In Coronation Street, viewers have seen Geoff isolate Yasmeen from her friends and family, take control of her finances, harass her with messages after she failed to show for a dinner event he organised – and even stage a robbery so he could be seen to be protecting her. What help is there for people like Yasmeen? The first thing to understand is that coercive or controlling behaviour is now a criminal offence so it should be reported to the police. It is also important to remember that each example is a separate criminal offence. The penalties can range from a fine to anything up to five years’ imprisonment.

Victims can also potentially get protection via the family courts with a Non Molestation Order. This can protect the victim (and any children) from the abuser and their abusive behaviour. Any breach of this order should result in the abuser being automatically arrested. If the abuse is happening in the home, then an Occupation Order can force the abuser to leave.

If this issue reflects your circumstances, please contact us now to make an appointment. We can assess you for legal aid. Even if you don’t qualify, your initial appointment is always free.

Please don’t suffer in silence. We are here to help and can connect you with local organisations who will offer you practical support; such as Women’s Aid, for example, who have been working closely on the storyline.

Non – Accidental Injuries in Children

Anyone with children will know that they can acquire a multitude of cuts, bruises and other injuries very easily through play, rough and tumble. The idea of being accused of harming your child is a nightmare scenario for parents, but for some it can become a painful reality if their child has cuts, bruises or other physical injuries that cannot be explained. In these cases, parents can be accused of inflicting non-accidental injuries.

Non-accidental injury (NAI) is an umbrella term which can be used to discuss various physical injuries or abuses such as Non-accidental head injury (NAHI), Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) and the triad – a collection of symptoms (subdural haematoma, retinal haemorrhage and brain swelling). There are many more injuries that come under NAI, and we are just naming a small minority of these injuries.

If non-accidental injury of a child is suspected due to in injury with no explanation or with an explanation that is not accepted by doctors, children’s services will usually become involved and care proceedings will be started by your Local Authority. In the first instance, they will try to place your child with a relative (such as grandparents) but if this is not possible, or if arrangements are not adhered to, your child may be placed into foster care.

It is important to have legal advice at this time to ensure the best interests of your child are upheld, as well as to help you to understand the process.

We as solicitors, will thoroughly investigate the case with the goal of proving that you were not at fault and did not deliberately cause injuries to your child, as well as reuniting your family.

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