January 08, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Tragically, domestic violence is an ongoing problem in Georgia, which affects thousands of families across the state. According to CBS Atlanta, Georgia ranks 10th in the nation for men killing women in single-victim murders, most of which are classified as domestic violence cases. In 2012 alone, there were 128 reported cases of domestic violence murders. Out of each reviewed case, almost half of domestic violence incidents involve couples who share minor children. It's vital that women and men understand the signs of domestic violence, and how to get out of an abusive marriage to keep themselves and their children
The signs of an abusive relationship
Safe Horizon states that one in four women will be a victim of abuse at some point during her lifetime. It's not always easy to recognize the signs of physical and emotional abuse. Abusers often use threats, physical force, fear and control to get what they want from their victims. It's even more difficult to understand verbal and emotional abuse. According to HelpGuide, abusers may control their victims with belittling language or shame, or threaten to harm children or take them away so their victims will feel completely dependent on the abuser.
The first step toward getting out of an abusive relationship is realizing that there is abuse. When someone feels a constant feeling of fear or "walking on eggshells," to keep the other person from being upset, they may be experiencing signs of abuse. They may also find themselves being criticized often, having their accomplishments ignored and being blamed for whatever goes wrong. Abusers often have unpredictable tempers and may destroy their partners' belongings, limit access to the phone, car and money, and restrict their partner from seeing loved ones.
Domestic violence's tragic consequences
Abuse's long-term effects on children are especially devastating. Most young victims of abuse suffer from developmental and health problems, poor school attendance and learning difficulties, anxiety and sleep disturbances. Boys who grew up witnessing abuse are very likely to continue the cycle of abuse and to become abusers, while girls are more likely to become victims after they grow up.
It's often very difficult to escape from an abusive relationship, but with the right support and resources, it can be possible. Victims can break free from their abuser by:
- Creating an escape plan and rehearsing it.
- Gathering together emergency clothing, important documents and cash and storing them in a safe place.
- Building a support system of trusted family and friends.
- Documenting each instance of abuse, including photos of physical injuries.
Victims of abuse should consider getting a restraining order against their abusers to further protect them when they're ready to escape. Many communities in Atlanta have services available to help domestic violence victims, including shelters for women and children, legal advice and support groups.
How an attorney can help
Escaping an abusive marriage can be very difficult, but is important to protect your life and well-being as well as those of your children. Contacting a divorce attorney
with experience in domestic violence issues is the first step toward a life that's happy, healthy and free of abuse.
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