Domestic Violence and The Law

Domestic violence is a serious problem affecting our society. It is not clear what causes it or even how common it is. What is clear however is that it happens far more than it should. Unfortunately many of the victims of domestic violence choose to stay with their abusive partners. Rarely does this work out well. If you are in an abusive relationship there is help available to get you out.

Domestic violence is actually a lot more common than most people realize. There are all kinds of estimates about how common it is but the reality is that nobody knows just how many people are actually victims of it. The reason is that many victims are unwilling to report it. What is clear however is that domestic violence is very common and that happens to people of all economic classes, races, cultural backgrounds and even genders. Therefore it is important to make sure that you understand domestic violence and how the law deals with it.

It is important to understand that domestic violence does not just mean physical violence, although this is the most common type. There are several other forms of domestic violence that you may be the victim of. These may include sexual violence, emotional violence and economic abuse. You will notice that the last two do not actually involve any kind of physical violence. Nevertheless they are classified as being domestic violence. It is important to understand that this kind of abuse is wrong just like physical abuse. If your partner attempts to control you are or humiliate you or if they attempt to take away economic control from you it is a type of domestic violence.

If you are the victim of domestic violence there is help available. The actual help that you need will depend on your situation. It may require involving the police or it may simply involve leaving and going to a shelter. Other people who may be able to help you are your doctor or in some cases a lawyer. You will need to look at the situation that you are in and decide what kind of help you need. It is important to understand however that you do need help. Staying in a relationship where you are the victim of abuse is not the answer.

Domestic violence is illegal so you do have the law on your side to help protect you. That being said very few cases actually result in convictions. This is because domestic violence can be hard to prove, especially when the victim does not want to cooperate. If you are the victim you should do everything that you can to have the charges against your partner stick. If this is not possible than your best bet is to leave them and get a divorce.