Importance Of Understanding Domestic Violence
The U.S. Surgeon General recently declared domestic violence to be the No. 1 health concern in our country today. Understanding the definition of domestic violence can help you take action against it. Some people may not even realize that they are inflicting domestic violence on someone else. On the flipside, victims will not know to take action against their abusers if they do not realize that what is being inflicted upon them is, in fact, domestic violence.
If you believe that you or a loved one is the victim of this kind of abuse, you can seek protection from an experienced California attorney here at the Law Offices of Steven A. Dinneen P.C. We can help take action to get protection, but you need to first recognize the kind of abuse you are facing.
Definition Of Domestic Violence
According to the United States Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, the definition of domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain control over another intimate partner.
Many forms of abuse are included in the definition of domestic violence, including:
- Physical abuse can include hitting, biting, slapping, battering, shoving, punching, pulling hair, burning, cutting, pinching, etc. (any type of violent behavior inflicted on the victim). Physical abuse also includes denying someone medical treatment and forcing drug/alcohol use on someone.
- Sexual abuse occurs when the abuser coerces or attempts to coerce the victim into having sexual contact or sexual behavior without the victim’s consent. This often takes the form of marital rape, attacking sexual body parts or physical violence that is followed by forcing sex.
- Emotional abuse involves invalidating or deflating the victim’s sense of self-worth and/or self-esteem. Emotional abuse often takes the form of constant criticism, name-calling, injuring the victim’s relationship with his/her children or interfering with the victim’s abilities.
- Psychological abuse involves the abuser invoking fear through intimidation; threatening to physically hurt himself/herself, the victim, children, the victim’s family or friends.
These are only a few of the ways a person can suffer from domestic abuse. No matter what you are facing, we can help you begin the course to stop this behavior once and for all.
Put An End To Abuse Today
If you are in an abusive relationship, we can help take the necessary steps to protect yourself and prevent these things from happening again. If you are in the San Jose area, schedule your free initial 30-minute consultation today. Call 408-645-0011, or email us here to begin protecting yourself and your family.