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Domestic violence of any kind is not ok, and you have every right to protect yourself and take action to get the abuse to stop. Unfortunately, domestic violence is common, but you have options and can take steps to change your situation.
Domestic violence comes in many different forms, and the abuser can be a loved one, a family member, a current or former co-resident, a parent of the same child, or someone related to you by blood or through marriage. Abuse happens slowly; many times, the victims themselves don’t even realize it is happening until a pattern is established. By this time, there is typically psychological damage that has been done, making the abuse even harder to define or protect yourself against.
Domestic violence is defined as “a pattern of many behaviors directed at achieving and maintaining power and control over an intimate partner, such as physical violence, emotional abuse, isolation of the victim, economic abuse, intimidation, and coercion and threats,” according to the American Bar Association.
Both women and men experience abuse, and many victims experience multiple forms. Abuse knows no bounds; it’s not selective of race, financial position, or any other characteristic. It is important to protect yourself, be vigilant of those around you as well, and know that there are actions that can be taken in order to get the abuse to stop.
If you feel you or a loved one has become a victim of abuse, please don’t hesitate to call. We have a trusted team of attorneys that have multiple years of experience dealing with domestic violence cases and other family law matters, so you don’t have to go through it alone. Call us at (774) 315-4220 today to learn more about how we can help you.
When some think of domestic violence, they may think only of the physical violence that we see depicted in movies or on TV. There are several categories that domestic violence encompasses, however.
Emotional abuse occurs when an abuser uses verbal or non-verbal tactics over a period of time that often result in negative psychological effects such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD. Verbal abuse can be yelling or screaming at victims, and non-verbal abuse can be things like neglecting the victim, isolating them from others, or terrorizing them.
Financial abuse consists of actions that limit access to finances with the intent to control the victim. Hiding money (either physically or hiding access to bank accounts, for instance) to keep the victim from having a way out of the situation is a common form of financial abuse.
Isolation is a form of control that is considered abuse as well. Controlling what someone does, who they speak to, or where they go in order to keep them from their support systems is a form of abuse as well.
Elder abuse is the neglect of a person 65 or older and can involve physical, emotional, or financial abuse and exploitation.
Domestic sexual abuse occurs when the abuser forces or demands sexual acts of their partner against their will. Incest or rape is also included in this category to cover the abuse of children.
Stalking is also another category of domestic violence and consists of repeated harassment or threatening of an individual, causing emotional distress. This can be communicated through email or text or by showing up at a workplace or a home unwanted and refusing to stop.
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