Domestic violence or domestic abuse is generally considered when a family member, partner, or ex-partner attempts to dominate another by any means.
Domestic violence includes:
- Intimate Partner abuse or Spousal abuse
- Child Abuse
- Elder Abuse
- Family violence
Statistics show an annual rate of 960,000 - 3 Million cases of reported domestic violence. Many experts agree this is only one-third of the actual number of cases that actually occur.
Contrary to convention thinking, domestic violence does not just occur in limited portions of society. The cycle of abuse happens throughout the world and in all walks of life. It can happen to anyone at any time. Domestic violence is no longer considered a gender biased occurrence, either. New statistics show no difference in domestic violence occurrences between men and women.
In cases of domestic violence, a family law attorney can help the victim get a restraining order against their abuser. This is a legal injunction that offers protection to the victim by requiring that the abuser refrain from harming or contacting them and stay a specified distance from them at all times. The purpose of the order is to help remove the victim from an abusive situation and allow them time to heal.
The specifics of restraining orders vary by state, so it is best to consult with a local lawyer familiar, with relevant state family law experience, who can take steps to protect the victim including possible termination of the abuser's parental rights.
No one should face an abusive situation alone. There is legal help. Contact a family law attorney near you today.
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