Legal abuse, or legal bulling, happens when someone uses the law or legal threats to control and scare you. There may be a pattern to the behaviour that happens again and again. Sometimes other types of abuse are going on at the same time. If this kind of abuse is being used to scare and control you it may be domestic or family violence.Courts and legal processes are there to help us solve hard problems. However, sometimes people use the law to scare others, wear them down, or stop them moving on with their life. It is common to find dealing with legal issues stressful, but they should not be used to scare and control you.
Legal abuse can take many forms:
Legal abuse can be a form of domestic or family violence. If you or someone you know is experiencing legal abuse it is OK to ask for help.
Legal abuse can happen in any relationship, including with:
None of these people has the right to use the legal system to scare and control you.