The only way to stop domestic violence from happening is to go to an attorney and file for an order of protection, which makes it illegal for the abusive person to be within a specified distance from you and your children. These orders can last up to five years. Working with an attorney during this traumatic time can be of dire importance. The Colwell Law Group is here for you in your time of need. Similarly, our attorneys help fight false allegations of abuse and neglect.
The Many Types of Domestic Abuse
Domestic abuse is all about using control to assert power. Perpetrators can be male or female in either same or different sex marriages and relationships, though men are far more likely to use domestic violence than women. According to New York’s Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, abuse comes in many forms, including the following:
- Sexual abuse;
- Physical abuse;
- Coercion or threats;
- Using isolation;
- Using male privilege to belittle;
- Economic abuse;
- Emotional abuse consisting of minimizing, denying, and blaming; and
- Using the children to punish the other party or make them feel guilty.
Often, a person who physically abuses also uses many other forms of abuse to dominate and control. Many abusers are classified as narcissists or sociopaths, both of whom are people that are inherently skilled at manipulation as well as prolific apologies that suck their partner back in for more abuse. This, coupled with dependency issues stemming from economic to psychological reasons, is often why it is so hard to break away from an abusive relationship. In fact, according to Forbes, 85 percent of women will return after leaving an abusive relationship. It often takes a woman seven to eight times of leaving and coming back before the split becomes final, if it ever does become final. The, they have to worry about the abuser coming back, stalking them, making threatening phone calls and emails, and threatening the children as well. We will help you break this pattern of abuse once and for all.