Coercion is not consent

"It's a dress, not a yes."

No does not mean “convince me” or “coerce me”; no simply means NO! 

In light of the recent videos released online concerning a well-known footballer, threatening and intimidating his girlfriend into having sexual intercourse with him, it seems there is an increasingly pressing need to talk about this matter and raise awareness of this unacceptable behaviour.  


… This is absolutely not true. It does matter and you matter. 

Domestic abuse encompasses such a wide range of behaviours and therefore, each person’s experience of domestic abuse will be different. However, it’s important to remember that it does not necessarily have to involve physical acts of violence and can include threatening, emotional, psychological, controlling or coercive, sexual and / or economic abuse. 

While domestic abuse can affect anyone, regardless of age, disability, gender, class, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, it is women who are disproportionately the victims of domestic abuse. The Crime Survey for England and Wales estimated that 2.3 million adults aged 16 to 74 had experienced domestic abuse in the year ending March 2020: 1.6 million being females and 757,000 being males. 

Domestic abuse is a unique crime type because whilst it is common, it is often hidden and therefore difficult to recognise. To anybody who may be suffering at the hands of an abuser, we do not want you to deal with these issues alone. Contact us, we are here to help! 

Why MSB? 

When it comes to family law, dealing with legal issues can be an extremely emotional time for everyone involved, as well as often being a daunting and unfamiliar experience. Our experts offer sensitive and straightforward advice, to help guide you through the process with care and support. 

Our award-winning family team provides sector-leading services and achieves the very best solutions for our clients. We build long-lasting relationships based on mutual trust, respect and the right results for you. 

The MSB team has developed a reputation for being one of the most trusted in the North-West and is recognised in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. It now contains more than 40 professionals so we can offer you an exceptional level of service. 


Funding options 

We know that legal costs can bring additional pressure during any family law dispute and that is why we offer a range of payment options to ensure legal advice is accessible and affordable. 

Legal aid is also readily available, and we have a proven track record in obtaining legal aid on behalf of our clients. This is even more crucial as we see a significant increase in domestic abuse being widely reported in the press. Perhaps you have been advised elsewhere that you do not qualify for legal aid? Or maybe you have been struggling to obtain “gateway evidence” such as a letter from your GP? Please get in touch because we have simple and innovative ways for our clients to obtain the documentation they need.  

Contact us, we are here to help

We’re here to help, so please pick up the phone or drop us an email and one of our dedicated team will help with your enquiry.