More than 10 million people experience domestic violence each year in the USA, and the victims are not just spouses. Domestic violence affects entire families, and oftentimes can cycle into lives of grown children, who may become abusive themselves or be more likely to experience domestic violence in their relationships.
If you’re living with an abusive spouse, getting help can feel overwhelming. Many times, it can be scary to think about seeking legal action against the perpetrator, however you are putting yourself in greater danger by not speaking to a lawyer first.
The first step is to think about your immediate safety by ensuring you find a new safe space. However, even if you move to another home, the threat of violence can follow you. This is why it is important to speak with a lawyer first to ensure you are protecting yourself in the event that you do leave the family home. In some cases, once you leave your home, it could impact your alimony situation down the road, or you may be unable to return to the home until the court has divided the property.
Once you have removed yourself or your children from a home environment of domestic violence, a lawyer will help you identify the next steps you need to take to protect yourself and your family. At the Law Office of Janice V. Coulter, we offer compassionate and confidential support to help you navigate this difficult time. We want to support you to find the courage to take the action you need to move forward with your life and protect yourself and your family from further abuse.