In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, it is a common knowledge that anyone can be a victim of domestic violence. Domestic problems, if they remain unsolved, can cause one party to become abusive by trying to take control of the other person involved. It is important for readers to take note that some victims often choose to remain silent because they fear their abusers.
Domestic violence comes in many forms. Physical abuse, which is the most common, often involves using objects to cause injury, not allowing someone to leave the house, shoving, choking, kicking and hitting. Anyone who experiences any attack using these methods is considered a victim of domestic violence. A victim often experiences emotional abuse as well, such as insults, verbal abuse and threats. Some victims are also forced into unwanted sex acts such as rape. In some cases, a partner or spouse may threaten children of the relationship, hurt pets, destroy personal belongings, restrict visitation with family and friends and steal items owned by the victim.
Readers who may be experiencing any of these types of abuse should seek help to ensure that the same incidents do not happen again. Failure to do so can only prolong the victim's suffering. Friends or relatives of victims who have knowledge of such incidents should also report the incidents to authorities. The abuser may face criminal charges for domestic violence. If the abuser and the victim have children, the abuser can be prevented from custody or contact with the children for safety's sake.
To keep the abuser at bay, the victim may also file a restraining order, which could be temporary or permanent. As domestic violence often escalates, causing other legal issues such as child custody disputes, it is imperative for the victim to seek legal advice.
Source: Pamedsoc.org, "No one deserves to be abused," accessed on Sep. 17, 2014