According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, an average of 20 people are physically abused by their intimate partners every minute. Domestic violence or domestic abuse is a pattern of willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, verbal or mental abuse and/or other abusive behavior. While the frequency and intensity can vary in a relationship, the common factor is one partner seeking power and control over another.
Effects of Abuse on Partners & Children
Typically domestic violence and abuse intensifies over time. Abusers often apologize after or downplay the severity of an episode. Domestic abuse isn’t always physical. Emotional and psychological abuse can be just as harmful and extreme as physical assault and battery. Over time partners who suffer abuse may experience long-term health effects and emotional difficulties. Children exposed to domestic violence — by seeing, hearing or observing the aftermath of domestic abuse — are also victims. The Childhood Domestic Violence Association reports that 5 million children in the United States witness domestic violence each year. Children who experience domestic abuse grow up to have long-term health and psychological issues and are at risk of repeating the cycle.
When You Immediate Help
If you need immediate help from local law enforcement, we urge you to call 911. Or, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). In San Mateo County, Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA) provides a 24-hour crisis hotline (1-800-300-1080) as well as other support services.
Legal Representation Against Domestic Violence & Abuse
You have several legal options to protect yourself and your children. One option is obtaining a domestic violence restraining order which prohibits your abuser coming near you or contacting you in any way. In addition, you may also press legal charges by reporting the abusive behavior to local law enforcement.
Consultation with a Family Law Expert
Your first step is to call us. Viola Law has a reputation for personalized service, and our family law lawyers can help you. The lawyers at Viola Law can help you. We have deep experience in the San Mateo County restraining order process, dissolving a marriage or domestic partnership, and getting the help you and your children need.
Have more questions about domestic violence and domestic abuse? Check out our Domestic Violence Q&A.
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