Coping With Domestic Abuse
Emotions run high in domestic disputes. This is hardly news. When partners argue, it can feel otherworldly. Individuals find themselves behaving erratically, unable to control themselves.
Yet if an argument becomes violent, there are implications concerning the safety of family members and the situation must be taken seriously. And we can help. The legal team at Hartley Law Office, LLC, has assisted numerous families in Dayton and throughout Montgomery County in their efforts to resolve matters arising from domestic abuse. We understand how stressful such situations can be. The desire to keep one’s family intact is counterbalanced by the need to stay safe. Our firm offers qualified legal guidance to individuals and families as they work toward resolution.
The Legal Consequences Of Domestic Abuse
No one plans to take part in a domestic dispute. And few understand what the effects will be. Aggressors face a range of consequences, both financial and legal. In some cases, individuals must find a new place to live, while still paying rent or a mortgage for the marital home. Likewise, charges of domestic violence can have a major impact on custody arrangements and shared parenting plans.
In addition, there may be more traditional penalties. These will include court fees and, in some cases, time in jail. The state of Ohio is not lenient in such matters. As such, it is important for all parties involved to work with experienced lawyers, who can help families reach the best possible legal outcomes.
Domestic Abuse Isn’t Always Violent
The most common misconception of domestic abuse is that it must involve a physical altercation. While this is often the case, it isn’t always so. The legal system recognizes several forms of abuse, including:
- Emotional abuse that can severely diminish a family member’s sense of self-worth
- Financial abuse that renders victims entirely reliable on the abuser
- Psychological abuse, when the abuser instills fear through intimidation and threats
- Stalking and cyberstalking family members
- Neglectful behavior, which can severely inhibit child development
Some abuse is obvious. At other times, it can be hard to detect — it can take a long while for victims to understand that they are in an abusive situation. As such, it’s important to speak up at the earliest possible moment and seek qualified help.