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3 Important Warning Signs of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is unfortunately prevalent. In the United States, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have reported violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime. Domestic violence is often a conglomeration of mental, physical, and emotional abuse, and can end in serious injury or death. Abusers use a series of control and fear tactics to keep their victims in abusive cycles. It is vital to know the warning signs of domestic abuse for yourself and your loved ones. Quick action when domestic violence occurs can save lives, and there is absolutely help for those currently in domestic violence situations. A few of the many warning signs of domestic violence and abuse are listed below.

  1. Your partner makes you feel guilty for spending time without them – Abusive partners will often try to control their partner in every aspect of their life and monopolize all of their time. The intention of this control tactic is to separate you from other loved ones and keep you under close supervision. Using guilt to achieve these ends is additionally emotionally manipulative and abusive and is another effort to control you and your actions. This act is already emotionally abusive and can often escalate to physical abuse.
  2. Excessive use of drugs or alcohol – Abusing drugs and alcohol can make people angry, violent, and volatile. The substances can transform soberly non-violent partners into verbal, emotional, and physical abusers. It is important to note changes in your partner when they use substances, if they start using too often or begin acting differently as a result, as it may be a precursor to domestic violence and abuse.
  3. Your partner easily gets jealous of other people in your life – Your partner being overly jealous is another potential warning sign of abuse. This is especially true if the jealousy applies to friends, family members, coworkers, and important people in your life. Your partner being jealous of you spending time with your family, for example, is often an effort to control how you spend your time and separates you from people who care about you and have vital interests in your safety.

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If you or a loved one has been a victim of domestic violence, there are legal recourses to put an end to this violence, protect you from your abuser, and bring your abuser to justice. Many abusers try to keep their victims from seeking help through scare tactics, so if you are currently being hurt and need help, there is protection for you away from your abuser, and we can help. It can often be difficult to take the first step in seeking help, but this step could also save your life. If you have any questions or want to speak to one of the qualified Monmouth County domestic violence attorneys here at the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., please contact us at (732) 898-2378 today.