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Recent figures published by the Department for Education for 2016/2017 show that there were 646,120 referrals to children’s services during this period. These figures amount to 1,770 referrals every single day. This a rise of 4% on the previous year.

When the referrals were assessed, domestic violence aimed at children or other adults in the household was the most common factor. Domestic violence concerns apply to half of all children in need. This figure has increased considerably since 2013/2014 when it was 41%.

Domestic violence in a household has a drastic impact upon the children that live in households in which domestic abuse occurs. Children can also be at risk of being harmed physically. The effects of domestic violence on children can be catastrophic and impact upon their adult life.

Victims of domestic violence both adults and children need to be protected.

There are many legal options for protection from domestic violence. One option to obtain urgent protection is a by way of a Non-Molestation Order that can be obtained from the Court. These orders provide immediate protection and can prevent a perpetrator of violence from communicating with the victim and going within a certain distance of their property. The Order also prevents the perpetrator from using or threatening any unlawful violence towards the victim.

At Ramsdens we offer support and legal advice to victims or potential victims of domestic abuse whether it be physical, sexual or emotional abuse.

Remember - if you ever feel in imminent danger contact the police on 999.

If you are a victim of domestic abuse and need some advice contact our Family Helpline on 08000 147 720, email family@ramsdens.co.uk or text LAW to 67777 to book a free thirty minute consultation at any of our offices across West Yorkshire to discuss matters in a confidential manner or to obtain further information. We also offer early morning and late evening appointments across our 12 offices.

We also offer legal advice and representation to help parents when the Local Authority become involved with the family. We have a team of expert Solicitors to provide help and advice throughout the entire process.