Bloomfield Township Domestic Violence Attorney
Domestic violence is defined as the use of emotional, physical, sexual, psychological, or financial abuse to control a spouse or another household member. When domestic violence is present in a marriage, the victim can suffer long-lasting, even permanent mental and physical injuries. In some cases, domestic violence victims end up dead.
Domestic violence is a reason to end a marriage. Educate yourself about the different types of domestic violence that can occur in a relationship and if you recognize one or more in your own marriage, get help. Nobody deserves to live in an abusive marriage.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is more than hitting and punching. It can involve sexual abuse, manipulation, emotional abuse, and strict control of household finances as a way to control the victim’s actions. Examples of domestic violence include:
- Gaslighting the victim;
- Engaging in sex with the victim without his or her consent;
- Using derogatory language or belittling names toward the victim;
- Prohibiting the victim from holding a job or accessing household funds;
- Forcing the victim to use drugs or alcohol;
- Sabotaging the victim’s birth control;
- Isolating the victim from his or her family and friends;
- Intimidating the victim with threats of violence; and
- Recording the victim having sex or in provocative poses without his or her consent.
Protecting Yourself from Domestic Violence
If you are afraid that your spouse will harm you, you can protect yourself with a Personal Protection Order (PPO).
You can obtain a PPO from the circuit court of the county in which you live without a hearing or any type of response from your partner. Within 24 hours of petitioning for your PPO, you will receive notification from the judge that it has been approved or denied. This type of PPO is known as an ex parte PPO. Other types of PPO are stalking PPOs and domestic relationship PPOs.
A PPO can prohibit your former partner from:
- Interfering with your attempts to leave the marital home;
- Contacting you;
- Accessing documents that can be used to locate your minor child;
- Owning a firearm; and
- Entering specific premises, such as your workplace or your home.
Discuss your PPO options with your lawyer. An ex parte PPO is valid for six months, but you can renew yours if necessary. Your partner may contest the PPO and even have it modified with the court.
Work with an Experienced Bloomfield Township Domestic Violence Attorney
There is never a good reason to stay in an abusive relationship. If you are facing domestic violence, your first priority should be to make a safe escape. Your second should be to obtain a PPO, and your third should be to initiate the divorce process. Contact divorce attorney Paul J. Tafelski to set up your free legal consultation in our office. We are here to help you leave your unhealthy marriage.