While in the middle of domestic abuse, the big picture can become blurry. Did the person finally raise a red flag? Was it a one-time thing? Will it happen again? Does the person even know the situation he/she is in? Know the signs of domestic abuse and how to get out of the situation.
Know the Signs of Domestic Abuse
"1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner."
Domestic abuse can happen to anyone. It is important to know the signs to be able to get out before it is too late. This abuse is taken by men and women daily. Aside from the list of behaviors below, this link has more information.
Verbal Abuse – Verbal abuse can take the form of curse words, saying degrading things, bringing up past mistakes constantly, or saying anything that can negatively affect the way the victim feels.
Blaming – The abuser always makes the victim think that they are in the wrong or they made the abuser the way they are. The victim can be tricked into thinking they are the problem.
Control – Controlling the victim gives the abuser a sense of power. Allowing the victim to feel as though they can only do what the abuser allows. This can stem from the abuser feeling jealous or threatened.
Leaving a Domestic Abuse Situation
After recognizing the signs of domestic abuse, the next stage is to take action. Although
reporting domestic violence and abuse can be intimidating, getting away from the problem is essential. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas law enforcement received a spike in domestic abuse calls at the beginning, but the number of calls quickly flatlined with people being stuck in their homes. Here are some ways to try to get away when stuck:
Leave – If the situation is manageable, leave before the abuse becomes worse. Victims can receive domestic abuse assistance.
Go to the grocery store – If alone at the grocery store, talk to a manager and ask for help. If accompanied by the abuser, make an excuse to use the restroom and bring a phone to dial 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.
Go outside to call a friend – Quickly ask a friend to get ahold of the authorities if the victim is too scared to do it themselves.
The Aftermath of Domestic Abuse
By getting law enforcement involved or calling something like the National Domestic Violence Hotline, this opens the door to filing for a divorce and/or a protective order. The C.Y. Lee Legal Group can help victims get the divorce and protective order he/she needs from the domestic abuser. Check out the protective order blog to find out more, and head over to the C. Y. Lee Legal Group to start a case.