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What You Can Do About Domestic Violence

By Law Office of Rachel S. Cotrino, LLC  Nov. 7, 2011 5:47p

Domestic violence can take many forms and is not limited to physical violence. It can include more subtle forms of abuse such as financial abuse, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, and sexual abuse. A spouse refusing to pay for family necessities and spending the money on gambling or alcohol would be an example of financial abuse. A family that is subjected to constant yelling, humiliation, or emotional neglect by a parent or spouse could be considered to be a family victimized by emotional abuse.

What Actions You Can Take

If you have tried to resolve matters between you and your spouse and the situation has become worse, you need to take action, especially if you feel you or any family members are in harm's way. You owe it to yourself and your children to be in a safe and happy home environment; domestic violence has no place in any home. Following are some actions you can take to prepare for separation or divorce:

  • Contact a family law attorney for advice, especially if you fear physical harm. He or she can help you obtain a protective order that can legally protect you and any children on an immediate basis from an abuser.
  • Document any kind of abuse that may be happening but do so discreetly. (One woman recently videotaped her husband whipping her child with a belt to use as evidence of abuse. Take photos of any bruises, destroyed property, and so forth.
  • Keep receipts of bills, copies of important documents, bank statements, credit card records, rent or mortgage receipts so you have documentation in case of a potential divorce.
  • Contact any friends or relatives for help if you need to for alternative living arrangements, etc. until matters are settled.

Are you a victim of domestic violence in New Jersey?

If you are a victim of domestic violence and wish to change things for the better, contact a New Jersey divorce attorney for help. At the Law Office of Rachel S. Cotrino, LLC, we are here to help. Our experience and dedication to creating happier individuals and families has benefitted many of our clients throughout the years and we may be able to help you obtain this as well. Domestic violence does not have to remain a part of your life any longer.

For effective and compassionate help, contact a New Jersey domestic violence lawyerin our office who is experienced in helping families break free of domestic violence situations.

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