Domestic violence includes any type of violence that is committed between household members. In most cases, domestic abuse occurs when a person in a relationship wants to gain control over the victim. While the myth persists that women are the only ones impacted by domestic violence, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that one in four men have been the victims of physical domestic violence.
No matter the surrounding details, any type of domestic abuse should not be tolerated. To make sure that you stay safe, consider the following steps that you can take to protect yourself from domestic abuse.
Even if you still love and care about your partner, it is often a better idea to step away from the relationship, when it is safe for you to do so. Realize that anyone who is prepared to harm you needs professional help. By staying with this person, you are taking a chance that this type of behavior will continue.
After ending a relationship, you should change your online passwords to make sure that the abuser cannot later access these accounts. Taking steps of this nature is important because many abusers are known to take this information and use it to access people’s private information and continue the abuse.
Obtain Proof of the Abuse
If you plan on requesting a divorce or custody of any children you have with the abuser, you will have to produce enough evidence to establish the violent nature of the abuser. This often means recording signs of physical abuse in written or photographic form. You should then make sure to keep documentation of this abuse in a safe place so it can be used later.
Be Prepared for Emergencies
Even if you have ended your relationship with the abuser, it is still a good idea to keep an emergency bag on hand just in case you suddenly need to escape. An escape bag should include clothing, money, vehicle keys, and a spare cell phone. In addition to having a bag equipped, you should also have a safe escape destination in mind. If you plan on staying with friends or family, you should make sure that you have the ability to enter this residence in case that person is not home.
Obtain a Restraining Order
If you leave your abuser and the abuse continues or worsens, you should not hesitate to obtain a restraining order. To obtain a restraining order, however, you will need to have evidence of the abuse. In some situations, it might also be helpful to pursue other charges against the abuser. To determine what option is best for you, speak with an experienced family law attorney.
Contact a Domestic Violence Attorney Today
If you are in an abusive relationship, it is important to take active steps to protect yourself. If you need the assistance of an experienced lawyer during this difficult time, do not hesitate to contact Vayman & Teitelbaum P.C. to schedule a free case evaluation.