Domestic abuse remains a significant issue in Portsmouth according to a draft report on Portsmouth’s Tackling Poverty strategy for 2015-2018. It is seen as having a detrimental effect on employment as well as housing with domestic abuse being a commonly quoted reason for homelessness in women.
The report suggests that the impact on very young children is often underestimated and the impact on school age children could affect their ability to achieve. A damaged education is likely to affect employment prospects perhaps with disastrous consequences.
For obvious reasons people can find it hard to leave abusive relationships due to financial dependency or hardship.
At Swain & Co we have a detailed knowledge of the law and practice relating to domestic violence. We are also experts in care cases and mediation.
Portsmouth City Council commit to endeavouring to promote and co-ordinate available funding to support people fleeing domestic abuse. The Council also commits to seeking to understand more about the needs of people in these situations particularly in relation to their finances and the impact on employment.
At Swain & Co we see these aims as laudable but feel strongly that the financial impact must not be prioritised over the emotional consequences that in our experience can blight the lives of those affected, particularly children.
Swain & Co’s domestic abuse team can be contacted on 02392 492967.