Domestic Abuse

The sad fact is that abuse is a constant problem in our society. No matter what inroads we make towards a fairer, more equitable society, abuse is always lurking in the shadows, preying on people too afraid or confused to come forward and admit to being victims. One of the reasons that domestic abuse is so underreported is that many people who are being victimized by their spouses or partners don't realize that they're being taken advantage of.

Abuse is actually a very broad term that describes one person being repeatedly harmful in their treatment of another person. This can extend beyond the more traditional bounds of physical abuse and into emotional abuse as well. Just as physical abuse can leave scars and marks on the body, emotional abuse can leave scars on the psyche. People who are the victims of systematic emotional abuse can have long-lasting mental health issues which can take many years to successfully treat.

Recognizing the Signs of Abuse

It's important that everyone be familiar with the tell-tale signs of abuse in order to know when you or someone close to you has been a victim. Typical signs that your partner is abusing you include:

  • He or she frequently hits you or threatens to hit you.
  • He or she shows signs of jealousy towards the other relationships in your life.
  • He or she criticizes you constantly, often for small things.
  • He or she threatens you.
  • He or she purposely humiliates you in front of other people.
  • He or she does not treat your property with respect.

Contact Us

If you are in a marriage with someone who exhibits these signs of abuse, divorce may be the best option. To find out more, contact the San Diego divorce lawyers of Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, by calling 760-722-7646 today.

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