27 December 2013 0 Comments

Domestic Violence Isn’t Just About Bruises You Can See

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Most people believe that domestic violence is limited to physical abuse between domestic partners. It actually covers a far more wide reaching pattern of behavior.

It’s true, domestic violence describes a pattern of abusive behavior between married people, but domestic violence can also be used to describe recurring abusive behavior between those who are casually dating or between family members who live in the same house, regardless of gender, age, or race. Domestic Violence can occur between roommates, grandparents and other relatives, friends, co-workers, and even casual acquaintances. In the past, men were often viewed as the abusers and women the victims. Statistics indicate, however, that an increasing number of women are now charged with domestic abuse every year.

Domestic violence is also typically seen as only pertaining to physical abuse, but it can also manifest itself in the form of emotional or financial abuse. Emotional abuse can occur when a person is subjected to a pattern of intentionally damaging behavior, including name-calling, personal insults, and use of obscenities. Emotional abuse may also take the form of stalking, harassment, threats of violence against the victim or the victim’s friends and family, psychological manipulation, and forced isolation from a victim’s loved ones, school, or work. Financial abuse involves stealing, manipulating another person’s bank account or financial records, withholding money for necessities, or forcing a victim to be financially dependent on the abuser.

Domestic violence alone is a terrible problem that can have debilitating repercussions for those involved.  But placed in the context of divorce, it can become explosive. It is important to take action immediately for the safety and welfare of the everyone involved, especially if there are children. An experienced family law attorney who deals with the complicated issues of divorce and domestic violence every day can quickly and expertly guide you through the proper legal channels to get you immediate help.

At the law offices of Holstrom, Sissung, Marks & Anderson APLC they know how sensitive these matters are and discretion is something we honor, if you are involved and dealing with domestic violence and want a divorce, we can help get the process started beginning with a restraining order, to lean more about divorce & domestic violence visit us online.

Contact one of our attorneys to discuss your situation, we can help you take your life back and be safe.

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