What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is the pattern of abuse in a relationship from one partner to the other in order to gain or maintain control of the other partner.  An person may also use abusive behavior in order to assert power over the other person in the relationship.

Are there Different forms of Domestic Violence?

In short, yes, there are many different forms of domestic violence.  Some of the most common forms of domestic violence we hear of are:

Physical abuse.  This includes any violent physical behavior such as biting, hitting, slapping, pinching, punching, kicking, pulling, or even burning.  Denying someone medical treatment or forcing the sue of drugs and/or alcohol may also constitute physical abuse.

Emotional abuse.  This type of domestic violence involves invalidating a victim.  Emotional abuse can take the form of cursing at the other partner, name-calling, or bad-mouthing the person to other people (this can include children from the marriage or relationship).

Economic abuse.  Those who are economic abusers may try to control the other partner’s financial resources.  They may withhold funds from the partner or prohibit them from doing things like going to school or work.

Psychological abuse.  Psychological abuse involves invoking fear over the victim.  This can include threatening to hurt the victim or those close to the victim (including children), isolating the victim, destroying the victim’s property.

What Should I Do if I Believe I am a Victim of Domestic Violence?

Any domestic violence matter can be extremely scary and emotional.  It is important to have a strong team on your side to help you get through it and help protect you and your future.  If you need helping with a domestic violence matter, it is important to contact an experienced family law attorney.

If you require strong and dedicated representation for any of your legal matters, contact The Law Offices of George J. Mardinly to schedule a consultation.