How do you divorce a domestic abuser? Olivia Piercy Family Solicitor and Domestic Abuse Specialist explains how.
Often confused with Domestic violence, domestic abuse can be hard to identify and even harder to walk away from. By definition domestic abuse is a pattern of coercive behaviours used by one person to gain control over another within an intimate relationship; it often involves power imbalances, manipulation, and a systematic erosion of the victim's self-worth. It is crucial to remember that domestic abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, age, or background.
The statistics surrounding domestic abuse are alarming. Approximately 1.6 million women and 786,000 men experience domestic abuse each year in England and Wales and it is believed that 25% is actually reported. It is also estimated that 1 in 5 children in the UK have been exposed to domestic abuse, which can have long-term detrimental effects on their well-being and development. Children who witness domestic abuse are more likely to experience mental health issues, engage in risky behaviours, and become victims or perpetrators of abuse themselves in the future.
In this interview Olivia Piercy shares her expertises and advice on the subject. Olivia is ranked as a “Next Generation Partner” by The Legal 500, she is a talented lawyer praised for combining “empathy for her client with a ruthless feel for tactics”
Olivia’s broad practice and depth of knowledge enables her to provide clients with holistic family law advice. Equally comfortable advising on the child and finance aspects of family breakdown for both married and cohabiting couples, and with a particular focus on cross-border cases, Olivia’s practice includes child abduction, child protection, surrogacy and fertility law.
Having spent time early in her career as a legal officer at Rights of Women, and with a Master’s in Human Rights Law which focused on gender violence, Olivia is recognised for her expertise in domestic abuse and understanding of the dynamics of coercive control. Olivia sits on Resolution’s Domestic Abuse Committee, and serves on Mr Justice Cobb’s Private Law Working Group which keeps under review the court practice and procedure relating to private children cases.
Divorce is not easy, divorcing someone who has been abusive is even harder, but worth it for your own wellbeing and that of your children. Remember divorce does not damage children, exposure to constant abuse and conflict does.
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