Domestic violence is by far and large one of the most common crimes committed in the U.S. In fact, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) calculates that nearly 20 people per minute are victims of intimate partner violence. Given that this crime is so widespread, what are some appropriate ways to handle this issue?
Contact the Authorities
If you have been a victim of domestic violence, it is of the utmost importance to call the police. Without taking the proper steps to document assault, it is very difficult to count on any legal recourse. By filing a police report, you leave your options open to pursue future legal action.
Obtain an Order of Protection
If you have taken the proper steps to document threats and violence with the authorities, your fastest option for legal protection is getting the court to furnish an Order of Protection. You must be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that your abuser is a threat to your safety and well-being. An Order of Protection will be tailored to meet your specific circumstances, and can provide valuable evidence concerning the existence of abuse in future legal proceedings.
Obtain Legal Counsel
The family court system is complicated and confusing. When dealing with the emotional matter of domestic violence, it’s important to employ a trusted, compassionate and experienced attorney. Your attorney will help you to navigate the choppy waters of family law, and will assist you with obtaining the legal protections needed to ensure your safety.
The traumatic effects felt from being subjected to domestic violence can disrupt your life and injure your psyche. Getting appropriate counseling will help you to soothe the emotional scars leftover from suffering abuse, long after your physical wounds have healed. Furthermore, obtaining prompt and appropriate counseling helps to create a precedent of individual responsibility and sensibility, which can be to your benefit during future legal proceedings.
Taking action as previously recommended can culminate in the successful prosecution of an abuser. It can be painful and difficult for victims to actually take their abuser to court, but it is vitally important. Domestic abuse can span generations and ruin lives. By enforcing consequences against offenders, the effects of domestic violence can be decreased in our society. Taking your abuser to trial sends a strong message against family violence.