The thought of domestic violence against a spouse will usually conjure images of physical violence, but this is not the only form of spousal abuse. If you have been abused by your spouse in any way, you need to seek legal help as soon as possible. If you are in immediate physical danger, you should also contact the authorities. Never do anything that compromises your health.
When you have the opportunity to do so safely, contact Gill Law Group, PC and our Orange County family law attorneys. We can discuss legal options that can remove you from an abusive marriage, which might include divorce or legal separation reinforced by orders of protection.
No form of spousal abuse is acceptable, and all are particularly damaging to a person’s wellbeing. In order to create a legal case or petition for protection that is effective, it is important to understand the different types of spousal abuse and which ones have afflicted you.
Spousal abuse can take the form of:
Sometimes spousal abuse is not easily recognizable because the abuser has taken steps to hide the abuse behind or within acceptable behaviors. In some cases, the abuse is so consistent that the abused spouse has been led to believe that it is normal and innocuous. Before spousal abuse can be stopped and addressed, it needs to be recognized.
Some subtle signs that you might be a victim of spousal abuse include:
Your health and wellbeing should be your number one priority. If you believe or know you are being abused by your spouse, you deserve to be protected by the law. You may need to be careful when seeking assistance, though, as an abusive spouse can become more aggressive if he or she learns you are seeking help. Once again, do not do anything that puts yourself into harm’s way.
After you are safe and sound, Gill Law Group, PC, and our Orange County domestic violence attorneys can help protect you through filing legal actions, such as an order for protection petition. You can contact us online or call (949) 681-9952 to request a free initial consultation.