According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, there are 10 million victims of domestic violence each year in the United States. This indicates that there are 20 victims of domestic violence per minute. Many victims are injured in an abusive relationship with their parent, child, or spouse. As October comes to an end, we recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month to protect the victims of domestic violence and raise awareness of the crime. Domestic violence is considered a public health issue due to its long-lasting physical and emotional effects. Therefore, it is important for individuals to learn how to identify an abusive relationship.
According to the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, an individual is considered a domestic violence victim when they are in a special relationship with someone who physically or mentally harms them. Special relationships extend further than spousal or sexual relationships. In fact, they also include other household members, such as siblings or children. Many domestic violence cases include physical abuse; however, it also manifests itself as verbal abuse, isolation, or threats. Domestic violence leads to a multitude of negative effects, including both physical and emotional injuries. Similarly, victims tend to stay in a cycle of abuse that feels impossible to escape.
There are some individuals who have a hard time identifying a violent relationship. Those in violent relationships are often blinded by the honeymoon phase that follows an act of physical abuse. Common indicators of an abusive relationship include:
These are only a few indicators of an abusive relationship. Many victims tend to stay in an abusive relationship due to other factors, including financial dependence, and children.
Victims of domestic violence should contact a domestic violence lawyer to explore legal options. One option for victims is obtaining a restraining order. A restraining order is issued by the court to prevent an abuser from visiting a victim. Although it depends on the order, most restraining orders prevent an abuser from coming within a certain distance of the victim. It can help victims avoid their abusers; therefore, it should be considered when talking to an attorney.
If you or a loved one was the victim of domestic violence, you need to contact a Monmouth County domestic violence lawyer at Fox & Melofchik, L.L.C. Our lawyers display both compassion and proficiency throughout the legal process. If you are interested in speaking to a domestic violence lawyer, contact us online or call us at 732-493-9400 for a free consultation.
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