Lighthouse legal support
If you are experiencing domestic abuse and would like the opportunity to discuss any legal issues, worries or questions that you may have, Lighthouse can offer a free and confidential legal consultation with a specialist solicitor.
Our legal surgeries run twice a month and last approximately half an hour. Please call our Women’s Community Centre on 01473 228 270 to book an appointment.
Reporting violence or abuse to the Police
Most forms of domestic abuse are criminal offences and the police can make an arrest, caution or charge the perpetrator of abuse. Suffolk Police have specially trained officers to deal with domestic violence and abuse.
You should always call 999 if it is an emergency and you are in immediate danger.
You can call 101 or attend a police station in person to report an incident that is not an emergency.
If the police arrest or charge a perpetrator, they will decide whether to keep them in custody or release them on bail. If they are released on bail there will usually be conditions attached to protect you from further violence and abuse. Ask for your crime reference number as you may need this if you are in contact with other agencies.
The crown prosecution service will make the final decision on whether a perpetrator is prosecuted.
The police can also give you advice on crime prevention and getting a police marker on your address, so an officer can get to your home as quickly as possible.
The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme
This allows you to find out about a partners history of domestic violence from the police. The police will give you information if it is necessary to protect you. The police can also warn you about an individual if they think you are at risk of domestic violence.