Domestic Violence & Domestic Abuse
"Domestic violence" or "domestic abuse" in the home is never an easy subject, and its one which is fraught with legal grey areas. Essentially, it relates primarily to violent, verbal and non verbal, crimes in the home.
It not only covers violence between a man and a woman, but can be directed towards a spouse, children, domestic partners and elders.
Domestic violence is first and foremost a criminal matter. If you are a victim of domestic violence or you suspect it to have occured, then your first port of call should be the police/
However, one commonly overlooked area is criminal compensation, which could be obtained through a solicitor in the civil courts. This is issued by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, a government authority that can pay out to victims of crime.