Many Ohio couples have arguments that can lead to tension and stress within their marriage or relationship. However, if these arguments include instances where one person causes the other person emotional, physical or sexual harm, the person causing the harm may be abusive. In these cases, the person suffering the abuse may be the victim of domestic violence.
While many people may believe that domestic violence only covers physical violence, that is not the case. Domestic violence also covers emotional or psychological abuse in addition to threats of emotional or physical abuse. Domestic violence can also cover sexual abuse, such as unwanted touching or intercourse against the person's will. In most cases, abusers often use more than one form of domestic violence. The vast majority of abusers are male, with an estimated 95 percent of abusers being men in heterosexual relationships. However, women can be the abusers as well.
Those who are attempting to leave a domestic violence situation can go to court to seek protection. A victim can file for a temporary restraining order, which provides the filer with legal protection against unwanted contact from an alleged abuser. This temporary order can become permanent if the filer can show the court evidence of instances of domestic violence. If the abuser violates the order and the police become involved, the filer can press charges against the abuser.
Trying to navigate the legal process while suffering domestic abuse can be difficult. A family law attorney can potentially assist the abused person by helping to seek a restraining order by filling out the proper forms, gathering evidence of abuse and filing the paperwork in a timely manner. Additionally, the attorney may provide legal representation for the abused person, which may take away some of the stress of having to face the alleged abuser during the hearing.
Source: Divorce Support, "Domestic Violence", September 15, 2014