August 24th, 2018
April 2018 saw Jordan Worth jailed for seven and a half years for the violence and mental abuse she inflicted upon her boyfriend, Alix Skeel. The case was reported in The Times on Thursday 19th April 2018, hitting the headlines for 2 reasons; firstly because of the length of the custodial sentence and secondly because it was a female perpetrator.
A common stereotype of domestic violence is that it’s only women who suffer. Clearly this is not the case but due to factors such as kudos, or the fear of being open about abuse at home, men are less likely to step forward and report this type of assault.
There is no doubt that many people struggle to talk about such highly emotive, personal and private subjects, but we are starting to make some headway. Recently, at a rugby match, I observed MIND handing out leaflets about men’s mental good health, under the banner ‘it takes balls’. With such a strong focus placed on this area of mental well-being by the young royals, perhaps men and youths can finally start to articulate what is happening to them.
The Times also ran an article recently following this case, titled "how it feels when your wife hits you". You can find the link here: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/how-it-feels-when-your-wife-hits-you-3gj638nc0
Several years ago, we at Hawkins Family Law joined forces with Emma Chamberlain (MSc MBaCP, recognising how important mental health and well-being is. Emma is an extremely experienced counsellor and we encourage our clients to meet with her. The feedback we have received from them has been overwhelming, irrespective of their gender, so our own showcasing that support really does help. Domestic abuse is a horrific thing to experience and can be very difficult to escape from. It takes huge amounts of physical and mental courage to effect change however, the courts and authorities are beginning to realise that it is out there and legislate accordingly. So, if you are reading this and want to talk in confidence call us or email and we will do our best to help you.
Julia began her legal career in 1988 when she started work for a company in Shropshire as a legal secretary. After taking a career break to have a family, moving back to Milton Keynes and then while raising her 2 daughters, Julia decided to study a law degree, part time, with the Open University.
After completing her degree in 2008 Julia then went on to take her Legal Practice Course (LPC), part time, with the College of Law in Bloomsbury, London.
While undertaking her LPC Julia became a member of Resolution and also spent several years volunteering at Milton Keynes Citizens Advice Bureau as a generalist adviser.
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