Suffering from spousal abuse is a horrible situation. You probably never thought that the person you pledged to love for the rest of your life would ever do anything to hurt you. When it does happen, it can seem almost surreal. It is imperative that you take steps to protect yourself when this occurs. We know this is difficult, and we are here to help you navigate through the legal process.
One thing that puzzles some people is that spousal abuse isn't only physical actions. It is possible for you to be the victim of abuse based on verbal or emotional factors. A person who loves you isn't going to constantly say negative things about you. If you notice this happening often, you might start to suffer mental damage because of it.
Spousal abuse sometimes comes in the form of control. Maybe your spouse won't let you go out with friends or get a job. These cases are often difficult to handle because you might feel as though you don't have a way out of it since you are so limited in what you can do.
We understand that the fear of an uncertain future can make things very challenging in these cases. We are here to help you find ways to keep yourself protected. One of the options is to file for an order of protection. This forbids your abusive ex from contacting you, which can help to keep you safe.
If you have children together, the court will determine whether they are in any danger. If it is assumed that your ex might turn violent toward them, the court may order supervised visits. We are available to work with you to keep your kids and yourself out of harm's way.