At the heart of Kim and Kanye's separation are some all too common symptoms that all is not well

Comment by Amanda Sime, Solicitor, Canter Levin & Berg

The Kim Kardashian / Kanye West drama was back in the news again last week following Kanye West’s new music video featuring him decapitating and burying Kim’s new partner, Pete. All of this – until recently, when the collective worry for Pete’s safety has started to grow – has been encouraged by millions of fans on social media and actively covered by all news outlets in various comedic articles.

At the beginning, we probably all laughed at the extravagant gestures of trucks filled with roses sent to Kim’s house and the public social media posts begging Kim to reunite with Kanye. However, when we take a step back and look at these acts outside of the media spotlight it is domestic abuse, pure and simple.

Kanye’s actions, including:

– constant posts about Kim on social media

– turning up at places he knows Kim will be, when asked not to

– threatening Kim’s new partner

– sharing private conversations on social media
– excusing his behaviour as “fighting for his family”

are not something women should have to just ‘put up with’ when ending a relationship with a controlling man. If this was a “normal” non-famous relationship, Kanye would find himself on the end of a police report and a non-molestation order. It’s important to remember that abuse does not have to be physical to be abuse.

Kanye West openly refers to himself as a genius, but his ongoing harassment makes him an abuser – no matter how much he posts that he loves Kim. As Kim has ended the relationship, maintained custody of the children, and entered into a new relationship, it is clear that Kanye has lost any control over his ex-partner and is not reacting well to this and so is acting out – something many women will sadly be able to relate to. It is easy to imagine the impact this is having on not only Kim, who will likely be constantly waiting for the next incident, but also the couple’s children, with their eldest child North being old enough to understand what is going on between their parents.

If you are being harassed by an ex-partner – similar to anything that Kanye is doing to Kim, or potentially even worse – and this harassment is ongoing or recent, you should think about applying for a non-molestation order to protect yourself from further abuse. A non-molestation order is a type of injunction granted by the Family Court that prevents your abuser from contacting you in any way or attending your home (amongst other things). If you are in receipt of certain benefits, you may be eligible for Legal Aid to apply for this meaning that you don’t have to pay any costs.

Contact us anytime between 9-5pm, Monday – Friday to discuss whether you could apply for such a protective order. These orders are time sensitive so don’t hesitate to get in touch on 0151 239 1000. You can also use our online enquiry form. Our dedicated team will prioritise getting you the protection you need as soon as possible.