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Valentine's Day - noun

1. 14 February, a day when it is traditional to send a card, often anonymously, to a person one is romantically involved with or attracted to.

Valentine's Day is traditionally a day where you essentially tell somebody that you are not already in a relationship with that you want them to be your valentine. Over the years, Valentine's Day has become more commercialised. Couples spend a lot of money on cards, presents and expensive meals year after year.

Unfortunately, Valentine's Day is not the happiest time for all couples. It is a shocking statistic that 2 women per week are killed by their current or ex-partner. Valentine's Day may not be flowers, cards and chocolates for victims of domestic violence. Research shows that victims aren't always aware that they are being subject to domestic violence as it is not always physical.

It can sometimes be difficult to differentiate between care and control. Controlling behaviour can sometimes be masked by the perpetrator excusing the behaviour as being caring.

This Valentine's Day it is important for you to ensure that you are not being subject to controlling behaviour. You may have a friend that you think is being subject to it and you can help them by being there for them should they need you and offering help, support and advice to give them the courage to get out of the situation.

As well as immediate help and advice Ramsdens Solicitors can help with all of your legal options surrounding domestic violence this Valentine's Day and any other day in the year. Call our family helpline today on 08000 147720 to book a free 30 minute appointment with one of our family law specialists.