Domestic violence is a very complex and complicated issue, because it involves individuals who, in many cases, have a long-term relationship with one another. When dealing with familial relationships, good or bad, right or wrong, it can be difficult to discern the root of the problem. This is especially true when it comes to matters of domestic violence. Violence that occurs in the home between spouses or partners is defined as domestic violence. The nature and circumstances surrounding this type of violence or allegations of domestic violence often make it difficult for the victim to come to terms with the abusive relationship, which, in turn, makes it hard for them to seek help.
Many think that domestic violence only consists of physical abuse, but that is not the case. There are other types of abuse that fall within the domestic violence category. Although physical abuse is the easiest to recognize, psychological abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and, in some cases, financial abuse also fall under the domestic violence umbrella. Each of these types of abuse may be utilized by the abuser to control, humiliate and demean the victim. Victims caught in a cycle of domestic violence may not readily see a way out of the situation.
There are legal avenues available to domestic violence victims that can assist them in bringing an end to the violence. Protective orders, both temporary and permanent, can be put in place to protect the victim and the family from continued domestic abuse. The orders of protection are issued by the courts at the behest of the victim and are put in place for a period of months or even indefinitely depending on the type of order that is sought. If the abuser violates a protection order, he/she can be arrested and jailed.
There are legal answers to domestic violence.