There are many myths and misunderstandings regarding domestic violence. First, it is not solely a marital issue. Domestic violence encompasses a wide array of relationships and is not exclusive to a legally married couple and it also includes abuse toward children. Additionally, there are legal options available to victims of domestic violence and an array of helpful resources.
Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of abusive behaviors including physical, sexual and psychological abuse. Abusers use a wide range of tactics to frighten, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, often injure, and sometimes kill. They may also use economic or social status to gain control of a relationship.
In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) was observed mourning those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrating those who have survived, and connecting those who work to end violence.
People of all income levels, educational backgrounds, ages, races or creeds may find themselves involved in domestic abuse. Wagstaff Law Office assists victims of family violence through the legal process. In addition, we provide information about resources such as support groups, shelters and programs. We also work with those accused of committing an act of violence to either disprove it or to help them get the assistance they need.
If you are in need of immediate help, please dial 911 or the National Domestic Violence Toll-Free Hotline: 1-800-799-7233.