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British summer time officially began at the end of March however, we have only just started feeling like the summer is actually here after the recent heatwave. There is something quite special about long summer days, everyone seems happier when they get a little extra vitamin D from the glorious sunshine. Often, people tend to socialise more and meet with friends and family for some alfresco dining with a BBQ or two. Whilst the summer time is a happy time for most, it can mean that people consume more alcohol. The effects of consuming alcohol can be devastating in some situations. Domestic violence can occur at any time of the year and is sometimes fuelled by alcohol. Having a drink is clearly not an excuse to perpetrate violence against a partner however, statistics show and experts say that violence increases during the summer and alcohol is a contributing factor. Whether you or someone that you know is subject to domestic violence at any time of the year it is never okay. Domestic violence takes many forms, it can be physical, verbal, emotional or financial. For some it is a combination of some or all of these factors. There is help available from many domestic violence support services for victims that Ramsdens have strong links with however, Ramsdens can also help to obtain the protection that you or someone that you know may need. In some cases it is necessary to obtain a Court Order to provide a victim (and potentially children) with immediate protection from the perpetrator. Ramsdens can help with this and obtain Non-Molestation Orders on the very same day that you seek the help. Legal Aid is available for people that require a Non-Molestation Order if financially eligible. Ramsdens can obtain Legal Aid for you and complete all of the necessary paperwork and carry out the calculation of financial eligibility. If you would like to discuss your situation in confidence with one of our expert domestic violence Solicitors then please call our Ramsdens family helpline for free on 08000 147720. We offer free 30 minute consultations with no obligation at any of our 12 offices across West Yorkshire.