What Does It Mean?
Domestic violence encompasses a range of abusive behaviors such as physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse, which are used by the abuser to exert control over their victim. Even subtle threats of violence can lead to complete domination over the victim’s actions. The impact of abuse on victims is severe, regardless of the type of abuse.
Across the United States, domestic violence is a widespread and dangerous crime that puts millions of individuals at risk, irrespective of their age, economic status, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability or education level.
That’s why even in the slightest instance of domestic violence, it’s important to hire a lawyer to help defend your rights.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there more women victimized by domestic violence?
Every minute, approximately 20 individuals in the United States fall victim to physical abuse by their intimate partner, with more than 10 million women and men suffering from it each year. Shockingly, one in four women and one in nine men experience severe physical violence, contact sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking. This leads to several negative impacts such as injury, fear, post-traumatic stress disorder, and sexually transmitted diseases.
Why do some victims tend to stay with their abusers?
Perpetrators of abuse put in significant effort to keep their victims in the relationship, often resorting to isolating them from their loved ones, thereby reducing their support network. Financial abuse is also a common tactic that abusive partners employ to create barriers to safety.
Furthermore, victims are often afraid of more abuse or even death if they try to leave, as abusers perceive their independence as a threat to their power and control, and may respond with escalated violence.
Additionally, survivors frequently express their desire to end the abuse, rather than the relationship itself. They may choose to remain with or return to the abusive partner because they believe their promises of change.
Why should I hire a domestic violence lawyer?
If you are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence, hiring a domestic violence lawyer can be the line between life and death for several reasons.
Firstly, a domestic violence lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and options. They can explain the legal protections available to you, such as restraining orders, and assist you in filing the necessary paperwork to obtain them.
Your lawyer can also provide legal representation and advocacy for you in court. They can help you navigate the legal system and represent your interests in any legal proceedings related to the abuse.
They can also assist in developing a safety plan to protect yourself and your loved ones from further harm. Through a lawyer, you can connect with resources and services such as counseling, support groups and emergency shelters.
Finally, hiring a domestic violence lawyer can provide you with emotional support and guidance during a difficult and traumatic time in your life. They can help you feel empowered and take control of your situation.
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