Domestic Violence Lawyer Protecting the Rights of the Abused
Sadly, abuse can occur to anyone, regardless of gender, socio-economic status, or cultural or religious background. Victims of domestic violence can experience a sense of isolation and a number of other negative mental health impacts, including depression and anxiety. It is important to remember that no one deserves to be abused, and it is not your fault. If you are in an abusive relationship and are ready to take steps to leave, contact Hait Family Law today to speak with a domestic violence lawyer who can provide knowledgeable legal counsel. Leaving your abuser can be challenging, but it is the most effective way to stop the abusive behavior and regain your life.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence can take many forms, and some types may be less obvious to outsiders than others, but all varieties are harmful and should not be tolerated:
- Financial: Financially abusive spouses may limit your access to your own money, pressure you to quit a job, force you to justify everything you spend money on, or feel entitled to spend all of the household’s income without the other spouse’s knowledge. Often the goal of the abuser is to make the victim dependent on them for funds so they cannot leave.
- Physical: Whether your spouse is hitting you, keeping you restrained within a location, or depriving you of basic necessities like food, water, or hygiene, it can be considered physical abuse.
- Psychological: When your spouse is verbally or emotionally abusive and attempts to humiliate, belittle, isolate, shame, or manipulate you.
- Sexual: Even when you are married, you are not required to provide sexual relations against your will to your spouse, and unwanted sexual contact is a form of abuse.
What Challenges Do Individuals Face When Leaving an Abusive Spouse in Israel?
One of the first difficulties many people face in removing themselves from an abusive relationship is simply recognizing that what they are experiencing is actually domestic violence. Their culture or family may have conditioned them to accept that what they have been suffering is “normal.” Victims sometimes do not have access to information or resources that can help them identify their spouse’s abusive actions. In these situations, they often begin considering a divorce because they feel unhappy or sense that something is not right with the marriage.
However, even when a victim is aware of their situation, leaving an abusive or controlling spouse can be difficult and frightening. They may be scared of escalating the violence, and the authorities may not be overly helpful. In most cases, leaving is the only way to end the cycle of abuse, but it is vital to have a plan in place beforehand. Identify a safe location where you can stay with a family member or friend. If you do not have a place to go, contact a social worker who can connect you with a domestic violence shelter and provide information on your next steps.
If you cannot leave yet, try to only spend time with your abuser in the presence of other people who can serve as witnesses of any violent actions and protect you from harm. Also, begin making video or audio recordings of abusive episodes. These records can help substantiate your domestic violence claims in court and speed up your divorce process.
How Could a Restraining Order Help?
If you are afraid of your spouse and cannot get away from them, a restraining order can grant you a temporary reprieve from the abuse. During this time, you may be able to make a plan to leave the situation and begin the divorce proceedings. You must submit an application to receive a restraining order. The order only lasts for a specified amount of time, but if the behavior continues or your spouse does not return, you may be able to request a long-term restraining order. While this is not a permanent solution, it can provide you with some protection and the time to consider your options. As always, if you are in immediate danger or feel threatened, do not hesitate to call the police.
How Can an Experienced Domestic Violence Lawyer Assist You?
If you need assistance with applying for a restraining order, leaving an abusive household, or beginning the divorce process to end the domestic violence, contact Hait Family Law today to speak with a compassionate attorney. A domestic violence lawyer can answer your questions and concerns, provide contact to resources for abused individuals, and guide you through the next steps of your journey. Call our law office at (077) 200 8161 to schedule your complimentary case evaluation.
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