Silent Suffering: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence is a terrible crime that impacts victims physically, mentally, psychologically, emotionally, and on many other levels. While it is condemned by virtually everyone, thousands of people experience it each year and often feel helpless to leave their situation. If you or a loved one is currently living in a violent situation, or have recently escaped one, it is important to remember that you have rights.

The legal system is set up to help protect victims of domestic violence, and The Grey Legal Group is passionate about working with victims to help them recover. We also understand, however, that legal help is just one piece of the overall puzzle. Learning more about domestic violence, and what can be done about it, is something that everyone should do.

What Is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence isn’t only when a husband beats his wife, though that is certainly an example of it. There are many other forms of domestic violence, each of which can be dangerous and terrible to live through. The following are just some of the many examples of how one may experience this in their life:

  • Physical Violence – If a member of the family is hitting, pushing, slapping, or otherwise becoming physically violent, that is domestic violence and should not be tolerated.
  • Threats of Violence – Even if someone doesn’t actually physically hurt you, the threats of violence can be emotionally damaging. This is a form of control and is not tolerated. In addition, threats of violence can, and often do, escalate to physical violence.
  • Emotional Abuse – Constant criticism, emotional manipulation, and excessive shouting are all forms of emotional abuse.
  • Stalking – If your spouse is following you everywhere you go and constantly keeping tabs on you, it is considered stalking. It is not how a relationship should work and not something you should tolerate.
  • Other – There are other forms of abuse, and some people combine multiple different types of abuse. Your home should feel safe and loving, and if it doesn’t, you may want to ask yourself why.

What Can You Do?

If you are the victim of domestic violence, the first thing you should do is seek safety. While it can certainly be scary to leave the home, there are many resources available to help you to escape a dangerous situation. There are shelters that can help, and if there is an immediate threat, the police will offer assistance as well. In most domestic violence situations, one of the first things that should be done is seeking a restraining order to ensure the person committing the violence will leave you alone. Contact us for help with a restraining order or anything else you may need in order to help escape and move on from an abusive situation.

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