What’s considered domestic violence?

You may be considering getting help from a Raleigh Domestic Violence Lawyer if you believe that you are being abused by your partner. You may ask yourself, what is considered domestic violence? 

At its root, domestic violence is a pattern of behavior used to secure and maintain power over an individual within a relationship. This includes using physical harm, intimidation, or force for any reason. The purpose may be to make their partner act in a certain way or prevent them from doing something. 

It can also concern acts of emotional abuse, where fear, constant criticism, shaming and blaming, belittling or verbal abuse, threatening or punishing, gaslighting (which denies the victim their right to their own unique perspectives), or isolating their partner from outside friends or family are used to break down their victim psychologically, often causing lasting mental and emotional harm. 

According to the National Statistics on Domestic Violence, there is an average of 20 people per minute in the United States who are physically abused by an intimate partner, which adds up to be more than 10 million women and men nationwide who suffer from domestic violence yearly. 

A violent partner may be using your children as collateral or leverage in the relationship, manipulating finances that leave you without control over your financial life, blaming you for their violent or aggressive behavior, or utilizing coercion to manipulate you into doing things you do not want to do. This may also include unwanted sexual acts, which even within an intimate relationship are considered rape or sexual assault if you don’t give your consent to participate in such acts. 

If you or your children are being hurt physically by your partner, don’t hesitate to get to a safe place, seek local services and take legal action if needed. Domestic violence may also leave you with dwindling financial resources as a partner takes more control. 

1 out of 4 women and 1 of 9 men experience a severe act of physical or sexual violence, and/or stalking from an intimate partner. The result of these experiences may be long-term struggles with mental or emotional health including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, or anxiety. 

Finding a Raleigh Domestic Violence Lawyer may also become a priority as you realize that domestic violence can affect your family as well. The patterns of fear and violence may leave a lasting imprint on children, where home and family life is seen as unsafe and frightening. 

Studies show that children or young adults living with domestic violence going on in the home may experience emotional distress, ongoing and lasting struggles with depression or anxiety, physical disturbances, low self-esteem, problems with future relationships, difficulties at school, or bullying behavior. 

Daphne Edwards Divorce and Family Law are here to help you sort out your future and get your life back. Whether is your decision to file for divorce, make a custody claim, or reclaiming your financial life and assets, they will be here for you. 

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