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Domestic Violence

Domestic violence can take many shapes and forms. Most people are familiar with the sort of domestic violence where there is actual physical abuse and threats of physical violence by one spouse toward the other. However, domestic violence often (also) starts as and takes on a more subtle form such as mental and emotional abuse, manipulation and control, as well as economic abuse and control.

One of the abuser’s tools, used over a period of time, is to make the victim feel like the cause of the problem and ashamed which, in part, explains why victims often do not come forward to seek protection and report the abuse, or do not come forward sooner.

Because of the special dynamics of these situations, especially where children are involved, it is vitally important for victims of domestic violence to seek qualified professional guidance, including a plan of action to secure protection, legal assistance, and support.

In situations involving domestic violence, where there is a custody dispute, the court must consider the effect of the domestic violence upon the best interests of the child, among other factors.