Spousal Abuse

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Spousal Abuse Defense in Newport Beach, CA

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If you have recently been accused of domestic violence or have been victimized by this type of abuse, you are likely already aware of the delicate and frightening nature of this issue. Although this type of violence can be manifested in almost every relationship imaginable, it is most commonly seen in spousal relationships. Usually, the violence is used as a tool of fear to gain control. Threats and emotional distress are applied to the victim so that the abuser can get what they want. Spousal abuse can be manifested in a number of ways including:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Emotional abuse

Domestic violence is often a primary influence in numerous family law cases, and is often a motivating factor for one spouse to seek divorce. Whether you are concerned about the welfare of your children in that environment and are seeking primary child custody or you are trying to escape the violence for your own wellbeing, it is imperative that you do not hesitate to contact an experienced family attorney in Newport Beach to protect your rights.

Signs of an Abusive Relationship

As one partner of a married couple, it can be easy to justify the abusive behaviors that you have been made to endure by your significant other. What's to say that these behaviors are not normal, or not what you deserve? These are common thought processes and belief systems among the victims of domestic violence, especially those of spousal abuse. It is important to recognize, however, that these ideas are false. Often one spouse will engrain in the other ideas that serve as justification for the abusive behaviors that have taken up, and as victims, spouses are often more susceptible to believing them.

Spousal abuse is not just physical, although this often plays a major role in such relationships. In addition, a spouse may be mistreated verbally, emotionally, sexually, financially or even spiritually. The best way to identify whether or not the treatment currently being made against you is abusive in nature is by evaluating the situation and looking for warning signs and qualifying factors of abuse. If you find that your partner is prone to yelling at your or humiliating you, you may be the victim of verbal abuse. If you can attest to your spouse's tendency to isolate you or criticize you in front of others, you may be the victim of emotional abuse.

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It is important to keep in mind that abusive behaviors come in all shapes and sizes. From blatantly obvious forms of abuse such as choking or punching to those that are more difficult to easily discern, such as name calling or put downs, any behaviors that are taken against you and used to bring you down or coerce you into acting in a way that would otherwise make you uncomfortable are ones of abuse. Take a close look at how your partner is treating you; if you are questioning the behaviors enacted by your partner in marriage then you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Generally, happy and abuse-free relationships don't feel the need to question the behaviors of one partner, so trust your instincts and take action to protect yourself and any children that may be involved as well by calling The Law Offices of Marc E. Mitzner.

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