Domestic violence is a very serious, but prevalent crime in the US. The US Department of Justice defines domestic abuse as, "a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner." Abuse can manifest itself in a variety of forms -- physically, emotionally, psychologically, sexually or economically. The statistics on abuse in the US are, indeed, alarming. But it's important to examine these numbers to realize just how often it occurs and how we can begin to change for the better.
By the Numbers: Domestic Abuse in the United States
By the Numbers: Domestic Abuse in Wisconsin
What are some red flags to look for?
There are several signs to watch for if you suspect you or a loved one are a victim of domestic abuse. If you experience the following, you may be a victim of abuse:
If somebody close to you exhibits the following behavior, they may be a victim of abuse:
If you or someone you know are being abused, call the domestic abuse hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) from a friend or relative's home, safely away from the abuser. If it's an emergency, dial 911.
If you are accused of domestic abuse, it's no joke. Domestic violence is a serious subject and has extremely severe penalties. Even if you're innocent, it can ruin your reputation. If you stand accused of domestic abuse, you need experienced law professionals on your side to stand up for your rights. Southworth & Stamman have extensive experience in defending clients against accusations of domestic violence and will be on your side even if it seems that no one else is. Get in touch if you stand accused -- don't give up without a fight.