According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), domestic violence is a form of abuse. You might think that "abuse" means hitting, bruising, slapping and other attacks. This is true – but abuse doesn't have to be physical. In fact, the National domestic Violence Hotline says that domestic abuse can involve simply put-downs, embarrassments and scar-tactics. Domestic abuse is more than violence; it's emotional and psychological , too.
Are you in an abusive relationship? The Domestic Violence Hotline asks the following questions:
- Does your partner try to embarrass you with insults?
- Does your partner act in a way that frightens you?
- Does your partner keep you from seeing friends?
- Does your partner threaten to hurt your children?
- Does your partner threaten to hurt you or commit suicide?
If you have been subjected to these behaviors or others like them, your relationship may be labeled abusive. According to the Domestic Violence Resource Center, one in four women has experienced domestic violence. Every year, between as many as six million women are abused. The Allstate Foundation National Poll on Domestic Violence indicates that nearly three-quarters of U.S. residents know someone who has been abused. According to the Centers for Disease control and Prevention, the health costs related to domestic abuse total more than $5.8 billion annually.
Domestic abuse is never okay. That's why the Austin family lawyers at Menduni Martindill are committed to helping stand up for their rights in the face of abuse. Our attorneys have experience handling family law issues related to divorce, equitable distribution, child support, child custody and other matters. To see what an attorney from the firm can do for your case, contact us today. With our family law attorneys fighting for you, you can rest assured that your case is in good hands.