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Domestic violence includes any kind of maltreatment that takes place in the context of a family relationship. This category includes any heterosexual and LGBTQ relationships between adults or adolescents. Victims of domestic violence include intimate partners as well as children living in the household.
Even though people rarely talk about it, domestic violence is far more common than most of us wish to admit. It can happen to our friends, relatives, children, and ourselves. Almost inevitably, someone we know has experienced violence at the hands of someone living inside their home.
Warning Signs of Domestic Violence
Since many people are reluctant to speak about domestic violence, recognizing the warning signs can be the first step in encouraging a victim to seek help and legal intervention. Also, reviewing the warning signs can help individuals break out of denial about a toxic relationship.
- Controlling Behavior
The partner interrogates the victim about conversations and daily activities. Makes repeated demands that their victim(s) conform to their wishes. The abuser will typically insist on sole control over financial decisions and insist the victim(s) ask permission to take any significant action.
- Unrealistic Expectations
An abuser frequently makes unreasonable demands of the victim(s) and expects perfect compliance. This form of domestic violence includes insisting that the abused party complies with the abuser’s every whim.
- Attempts to Socially Isolate Their Partner
Domestic abusers often wish to cut off their victim(s) from friends, relatives, and other loved ones. Such third parties can interfere with the goals of the abuser.
- Verbal Abuse
Perpetrators of domestic violence frequently say cruel and hurtful things to their family members. This kind of regular abuse breaks down the victim’s self-esteem.
- Arbitrary and Capricious Mood Swings
Abusers regularly gyrate between caring and abusive behaviors. Often the abuser gives irrational justification for these shifts, which makes their victim(s) unable to predict how the abuser will act.
- Rigid Roles
Expects adherence to defined boundaries of behavior that differ for the abuser and their family members.
- DIsplays Cruelty to Animals or Children
Will punish any divergence from expected behavior by animals and children with extreme physical punishment or verbal abuse.
- Blames the Victim for Causing Past Battery
Abusers will sometimes admit to using violence against prior family members but claim the other person(s) “forced” their actions.
Victims of domestic violence can seek legal help in a large number of ways. These interventions can include, removal of children from the home, protective orders from the court, removal of the abuser from the family home, and monitoring interactions between the alleged abuser and their victim(s) by a court-appointed third party.
The above list is only a small sample of possible legal interventions. If you have further questions about how the law can protect victims of domestic abuse, please contact the family law legal team at SaveULegal.Com.Au.