It is no secret that domestic violence is an issue of grave concern, especially in cities like Houston. In 2022 alone, there were 64 domestic violence-related homicides in the city. For many individuals navigating these circumstances, it is crucial to have support and guidance to escape such situations safely. In this blog, Myres & Associates explains how to approach domestic violence issues and provide support to those in need.
Know the Signs of Domestic Violence
Domestic violence can take many forms, including physical abuse, psychological abuse, financial exploitation, and sexual abuse. It is essential to be aware of the signs of domestic violence to identify when it happens.
Physical symptoms may include bruises or other injuries that cannot be easily explained away.
Psychological signs may include changes in mood or behavior, such as increased levels of anxiety or depression.
Financial exploitation may involve unexplained transfers of funds or assets.
Sexual abuse may include any forced, unwanted contact or coercion.
If you notice any of these signs in yourself or someone else, please seek help immediately.
Why Abusers Abuse
Because abuse comes in many forms, various reasons can motivate the action, such as unresolved past trauma, feelings of inadequacy, and even witnessing abuse as a child. It is also possible that the abuser wants to feel some sort of control to help mitigate fears and anxieties. While ultimately, it is inexcusable to use this as a reason to take out violent actions on others, identifying potential reasons could lead to better treatments, and prevention methods, resulting in fewer abuse victims.
Find Support Immediately
It can be challenging for victims of domestic violence to break away from their abuser without help from family and friends. It is important for those suffering from domestic violence to reach out for support as soon as possible – whether that means seeking a safe haven or speaking with a therapist specializing in this type of trauma. Survivors should also ensure they have access to resources such as shelters and hotlines in case they feel unsafe enough to leave their home environment.
Explore All Options Available
If you are considering leaving your abuser, it is important to explore all options available. Know that there is one easy solution or correct path to take. This includes looking into legal services such as filing an order of protection or finding a lawyer specializing in family law matters. Additionally, if children are involved, it is crucial to find out their legal rights under the law – including custody rights – so they are protected even after the relationship has ended.
If your abuser refuses to seek help to stop the present behaviors, seek options for your safety and survival.
It is Vital to Seek Legal Assistance When You Need It
We cannot stress enough how complex domestic violence situations can be. It requires careful thought before deciding how best to keep safety and security intact.
If you or someone you know is struggling with a partner who displays abusive behavior towards them or their children, please remember that there are resources available and people willing to help guide you through this difficult time. Do not hesitate to reach out for assistance so you can explore all options available for proceeding with confidence and security.
To speak with a team member from Myres & Associates, call (713) 322-9810 to schedule a consultation today!