Combating Domestic Violence with Divorce
Domestic violence affects thousands of people annually in the U.S. In fact, a study done through the National Institute of Justice reports that over 1 million women and 800,000 men were physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, cohabiting partner, or dating partner or acquaintance. However, this only accounts for assault, which does not include other forms of domestic violence that can be equally traumatic. Sadly, many victims of domestic violence feel unable to escape their situation, especially when married; however, legal action can be taken to not only end violence, but to separate you from your abusive spouse forever.
What You Can Do
People who have abusive spouses do not have to face their abusive circumstances alone. Although it can be difficult to take for some people, there is legal action available to help someone escape the abuse and the marriage, including:
- Restraining order
- Spousal protection services
- Provisions for child support / protection
These actions can make it easier for an abused spouse to escape an abusive situation without fearing retribution from his or her abuser.
Many domestic violence victims do not know where to turn for help in their difficult circumstances, but one option is a consultation with an experienced divorce attorney. With legal representation from Alexander & Associates, a domestic violence victim can take the first steps toward freedom from such violence by filing for a divorce. If you or someone you know has suffered from domestic violence and wants to know more about getting a divorce, call (972) 420-6560 today to get the help you deserve.