Domestic Violence and Divorce
One of the most drastic negative impacts that divorce has on our culture is violence and abuse. Whether before a divorce or during, domestic violence is a serious issue that can effect divorce proceedings. If you are facing any type of abuse during a divorce, consult with your attorney to utilize the legal process for protection.
You are not Alone
A study in 2001, found that out of 1693 women that presented to either a medical clinic or WIC food program in 9 counties in Minnesota, 16% of married women, 31% of divorced women and 58% of separated women reported physical, emotional, verbal and/or sexual abuse. It is poignant to note from these statistics that more domestic violence is experienced after separation. The stress of separation or divorce can at times lead to violent and abusive behavior.
Domestic Violence can Happen After Separation
Post-separation violence is a relatively understudied topic that deserves a more thorough examination within our culture. Most research on domestic violence examines violence prior to separation. It is important to seriously recognize the risk of violent behavior after separation and make considerable efforts to reduce this outcome. Research shows that there is a high risk for violence after separation of couples that have lived together.
The three most common motives for post-separation violence are retaliation, restoration of power and control, and reconciliation. Violent retaliation is seen when one feels betrayed, abandoned, angry or enraged. These are emotions that need to be taken seriously and managed in a healthy way. One may try to regain power and control over their partner by being violent. This type of behavior is unacceptable and different patterns need to be adopted, although there is a high incidence of violence post-separation. The third possible motive for post separation violence is a desperate attempt to force reconciliation and make one feel vulnerable.
Risk factors that may identify a relationship with domestic violence:
- dominance within a relationship
- One spouse is socially isolated
- dependency on one spouse
- pre-separation violence
- presence of a new partner
- One spouse is showing stress
- One spouse shows anxious attachment
- alcohol/drug abuse
Other types of abuse
Not only do we see violent and physical acts of abuse but also sexual abuse. This kind of abuse is long lasting and extremely difficult for one to get through and has negative implications on the family after separation, not to mention criminal implications with the outcome of a jail sentence and loss of parental rights. These actions affect everyone involved and should be made known through the divorce process to ensure the well-being of each family member is ensured even after the divorce is finalized.
Get Help from Wall and Wall Attorneys at Law
We as individuals need to embrace a healthier set of patterns to get through the stress of divorce. The majority of people may not be resorting to the worst kinds of abuse to manage stress, but there are different spectrums of this behavior and the negative implications often result in some form of child neglect or emotional abuse which ultimately affects our social health.
The Attorneys at Wall and Wall Attorneys at Law have the necessary experience to help you through any divorce situation. We understand all aspects of the legal system and help keep an abused spouse safe throughout the divorce process. Sign up today for a free legal consultation to learn more about domestic violence and divorce and see how we can help you!