By Mike StetzerDivorce is a very emotional experience where people experience many emotions, including confusion, uncertainty and anger. Unfortunately, some people may become extremely bitter after a divorce and resort to violence against ex-spouses. If you're in a marriage that you want out of, a divorce lawyer can explain your legal options so you can move on with your life.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, you should contact your local authorities by calling 9-1-1 and get immediate help. You may also seek counsel from The National Domestic Violence Hotline.
Domestic violence and emotional abuse are ways people in a relationship try to control the other person.There are many different forms of domestic abuse, including:
It's important to remember that anyone can be a victim of domestic violence. Although women are typically portrayed as the victims of abuse, men can also be abused.
Domestic abuse has a common pattern or cycles of abuse:
Some cycles follow more of a three step approach, which is the build up, the blow up and the make up or remorse.
Both of these cycles show that the abuser uses some tactic to domestically abuse the victim but feels guilty afterward. The abuser will try to make it up to the victim and promise to change. For a little bit of time, the victim may notice the abuser has changed, but it's not long before the abuser is planning to act again and is setting up a situation to justify the domestic abuse.
The Department of Justice has found that domestic violence affects more than 10% of the U.S. population, or approximately 32 million people. The same study discovered that there are nearly 5.3 million incidents of intimate partner violence annually among U.S. women 18 years of age and older, and 3.2 million such incidents among men.
The Department of Justice has noted that women of all races are especially vulnerable to violence from an intimate partner. Specifically, the Department of Justice has determined that 37% of all women who seek emergency room care for domestic violence related injuries were injured by a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend.
Domestic violence can influence how the divorce court rules during the divorce process. After you are safe from an abuser, speak to a local divorce lawyer about how to work through the divorce process and acknowledge the presence of domestic violence in court. Protect yourself and your children in the future with the help of an attorney. Speak to a divorce attorney today by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out a divorce case review form.