Family law disputes can take many forms. Divorcing couples may have to deal with issues like property division, child custody, child support, and alimony, which can all cause emotional arguments to temporarily stall progress. However, far too many Ohioans have to deal with another family law issue: domestic violence.
Unfortunately, domestic violence is far too common is our society. Domestic violence is typically defined as ongoing behavior that establishes control and power over another, usually through fear. Domestic violence may include physical violence or threats of physical violence. Statistics show that three million physical abuse cases have male victims and 25 percent of women will be subjected to domestic abuse in their lifetime. Studies also show that women aged 20 to 24 years have the highest risk of being victimized by domestic violence.
Domestic violence can wreak havoc on an individual's life. He or she may suffer emotional distress such as anxiety, depression, and sleep problems, and, in some instances, physical violence can leave a victim seriously injured or even dead. This far too common problem can also affect children in the home. They may try to intervene in a fight, putting them at risk of harm, and they may also be neglected more often.
With so much at stake, it is important for those subjected to domestic violence to seek help. These individuals may be able to obtain a restraining order and utilize the abuse in any subsequent family law proceedings. On the other hand, those who are accused of domestic violence also have legal rights when it comes to family matters, and they, too, should be sure they do everything to protect themselves and their best interests. Perhaps the best way for these individuals to do this is to speak with an experienced family law attorney.
Source: Safe Horizon, "Domestic Violence: Statistics & Facts," accessed on Feb. 22, 2015