Domestic violence affects individuals in every community, regardless of gender, age, race, nationality, or sexual orientation. Officially speaking, the definition for such is a way for one partner to gain power and control over another through actual or threatened sexual, emotional, physical, or economic abuse. Domestic violence does not have to manifest as physical abuse; psychological abuse can be just as extreme and just as damaging.
If you feel afraid or are being hurt by someone you are close to, you may be a victim of domestic violence. While every situation is different, there are some common warning signs that tend to manifest in most situations where this act has occurred.
Does your partner:
- Tell you that you can never do anything right?
- Discourage you from seeing friends and family?
- Control every penny?
- Threaten to hurt you?
- Embarrass you in front of others?
- Prevent you from working?
- Destroy your property?
- Control who you see, what you do, and where you go?
Far too often, domestic violence victims are reluctant to seek assistance. Although you may be afraid or unsure of the legal process, New Jersey law affords you significant protections against the abuse of a household member or other party. If you are the victim of this crime, it’s important to consult an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Physical or psychological violence is not okay and you should not have to live with it.
Our attorneys can guide you through the court system and help your fears subside. Borrus, Goldin, Foley, Vignuolo, Hyman & Stahl, P.C. is committed to aiding victims of domestic violence and understands the sensitivity needed to handle such matters. Contact attorneys, head of the Family Law Department, to find out more: (732) 422-1000.