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Understanding Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is action taken by a family member, partner, or ex with the express intention of physically or psychologically dominating another. The aggressor can be either male or female, and the victim, similarly, can be either sex as well. While it is tempting for some people to believe that the aggressor is always male and the victim always female, this is not the case. Any combination of aggressor and victim can occur. In fact, there have been reports stating that abused men account for just over a third of all domestic abuse-related emergency room visits.

Domestic abuse can take a variety of forms. These can include, but are not limited to:
  • Physical violence
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Intimidation
  • Stalking
  • Threat of violence
All forms of physical violence can be considered criminal. Unfortunately, emotional and psychological abuse can not be. However, these forms of abuse can easily lead to physical abuse.

Another form of abuse that is rarely concentrated on is “passive” abuse. This is a form of abuse far more subtle than the others. It can include victimization, neglect, and spiritual and intellectual abuse.

Contact a Denton Divorce Lawyer

If you or anyone you know has been a victim of domestic abuse, contact the Denton divorce lawyers of Alexander & Associates at 972-420-6560. Let them help you get out of this terrible situation.

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