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Keeping safe

You have the right to legal protection from an abusive partner. This might be through the criminal law (contacting the police and pursuing a prosecution) or through the civil law (contacting a solicitor to apply for a court order to prevent the abuse or keep him/her away from your home).

Criminal Law

If you call the police they may arrest your partner if he or she has committed a criminal offence against you. It’s their decision whether to arrest your partner and you shouldn’t feel you are responsible for this decision.

The Cheshire Police website gives:

The Be Safe webpage provides further contacts for advice

Civil Law

Accredited Solicitors in Domestic Violence – Resolution have undertaken supplementary training to become domestic violence specialists.

Resolution is an organisation of 6,500 family lawyers and other professionals in England and Wales

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