Every minute, 20 people become the victims of a violent act perpetrated by an intimate partner, while one in four women will eventually become the victim of domestic violence sometime in their life.
Though many might see such an act as a clear sign to get away, many women actually stay. On average, a woman will attempt to leave an abusive relationship seven times before leaving for good. It’s not that these women don’t recognize what’s going on. It’s that they can’t accept it — or that leaving literally endangers them. Domestic violence is a crime that’s supposed to happen to other people, not them, and so they stay in a destructive relationship that could ultimately have fatal consequences.
If you suspect you may be in an abusive relationship, it’s time to leave, and call a domestic violence attorney. These family law attorneys will not only help you get to safety, but help you start anew. Here are just a few of the signs that now is the time to get a domestic violence attorney’s help.
The Abuse Began Subtly.
In the majority of cases that domestic violence attorneys see, the abuse began subtly. Many abusers first begin by calling their partners names, belittling them, acting jealous and/or possessive, and accusing their partners of cheating.
The Abuser Is Trying to Isolate Their Partner.
Abusers will often also try to isolate their partners, which may make it hard for victims to get in touch with domestic violence attorneys. Some will try to put distance between the victim and their friends and family, while others may take away the victim’s economic independence. In fact, many women stay with their abuser because they think they can’t afford to live on their own, let alone afford a domestic violence attorney.
Shows of Force Are Made.
Just because an abuser hasn’t struck his or her victim doesn’t mean he or she can’t get violent. Domestic violence attorneys see that abusers will make shows of force — physically restrain their victims or hold someone back while making demands — yet claim to have never gotten violent. Shows of force are, in fact, violent, though.
Should any of this sound familiar, contact a domestic violence attorney right away. These family law attorneys can use text messages, mobile phone images, social media and social media to help win your divorce, and get you the lion’s share of the property division, spousal support, and child custody. Statistics show that 79.6% of custodial mothers receive a support award, while only 29.6% of custodial fathers receive a support award, after all.
If you have any questions about when to call a domestic violence lawyer, feel free to ask in the comments.