Shocking details of Hollywood star Johnny Depp’s tumultuous marriage to ex-wife Amber Heard have emerged in recent times, causing quite the media furore.
So far there has been allegations of domestic abuse, drug fuelled fights and other eyebrow-raising claims on both sides of the dramatic court case, which was sparked when Depp launched a libel case against British tabloid newspaper The Sun.
Depp is suing The Sun‘s publisher, News Group Newspapers, and its executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that said he had physically abused Heard. The Pirates of the Caribbean star said the actress’ claims that he had assaulted her on multiple occasions are “totally untrue.”
The trial, which began in UK High Court on July 7, has turned into an extraordinarily intense ‘he said, she said’ type of situation, which unfortunately can be a common scenario when it comes to civil cases involving allegations of domestic abuse and divorce.
As the trial continues for its second week, our Senior Solicitor Heather Tierney shares her thoughts on complex domestic abuse cases and the measures which should be taken when it comes to reporting abuse and physical assault as part of a personal injury claim.
She said: “The Johnny Depp and Amber Heard case raises important issues in relation to domestic abuse. In particular it highlights how complex such cases can become where there are allegations against both parties within the relationship.
“Due process is extremely important in cases of domestic abuse. Justice must not only be seen to be done, justice must take place as swiftly as possible to protect the victim/s from further abuse.”
Aside from the complicated celebrity trial, it’s important that domestic abuse victims, whether female, male or non-binary, know their rights when it comes to claiming compensation for abuse, particularly during lockdown.
No-one should have to suffer physical or mental abuse at the hands of a partner, no matter what the situation.
Heather, who has dealt with a number of complex personal injury cases including domestic violence at Watermans Solicitors, continued: “In these times of the Covid-19 lockdown, there is no doubt that victims will experience delays in the progress of domestic abuse criminal cases, civil actions for interdicts, non-harassment orders and applications for compensation.
“It is very important for victims of domestic abuse that their cases are handled efficiently and as expediently as possible by the Scottish Court Service and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
“Whilst statistics show that the majority of domestic abuse is perpetrated by men towards women, abuse can take place in any relationship, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. All victims of domestic abuse should be believed and be treated with respect when they come forward to authorities.”
At Watermans we specialise in claims for compensation including cases of domestic or sexual abuse. We understand how triggering it can be to come forward and seek advice in this area. We are here to listen and guide you through the process step by step.
If you intend to pursue a compensation claim for domestic violence, it is far better to hire a personal injury solicitor who specialises in these types of cases.
Contact us today for advice on your compensation claim.