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Signs of Domestic Violence & When to Involve an Attorney

Despite statistics, awareness campaigns, and various legislative measures, domestic violence continues to be a national epidemic in the United States. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), “1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner contact sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking with impacts such an injury, fearfulness, post-traumatic stress disorder, use of victim services, etc.” Serial abusers compulsively use physical and psychological tactics to manipulate, dominate, and control their partners. Ironically, these abusers are often motivated by their own crippling traumas and personal insecurities. They try to rationalize or compensate for any perceived weaknesses and anxieties by assaulting the confidence and autonomy of their romantic partners.

Domestic abuse is an umbrella term that includes, but is not limited to:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Social abuse
  • Emotional abuse

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over 18,000 people have been killed in domestic violence incidents since 2003. Unfortunately, most domestic abuse victims are too afraid to seek life-saving legal protections because they are trapped in a vicious emotional cycle that is controlled by the whims and fears of an aggressive and manipulative partner.

Common signs of domestic abuse include but is not limited to:

  • Threats of violence
  • Acts of physical battery (slapping, hitting, choking)
  • Forcing or coercing a partner to participate in sexual acts
  • Stalking a partner
  • Insulting and humiliating a partner
  • Keeping a person from leaving a room

Recognizing the signs and relationship dynamics commonly associated with domestic abuse is often the first step in escaping a life-threatening situation. Taking legal action can be complicated, especially if you’re currently living with your abuser, but it’s important to contact a domestic violence attorney if you feel that your life or the lives of your children are in danger.

Securing an Order of Protection

Per the Missouri Domestic Violence Act, Chapter 455.020, any person who has been subject to domestic violence by a present or former family or household member, or who has been the victim of stalking or sexual assault, may seek relief.

If you’re in an abusive relationship or need to safely leave a violent partner, you may want to consider requesting an order of protection. This court order includes specific stipulations that help to prevent future physical, sexual, and emotional violence. It’s important to note that both plaintiffs and defendants are equally responsible for respecting the boundaries established by an order of protection. At Galmiche Law Firm, P.C., our Chesterfield domestic violence lawyer can guide you through each step this multifaceted process and help you secure the legal protections your circumstances warrant.

When you file your petition, the court may issue an “ex parte” order of protection, which is also known as an emergency or temporary order of protection. This court order provides essential legal protections until your hearing. During your hearing, you and the defendant will be given an opportunity to explain your individual circumstances to a judge. If your case is successful, the judge will terminate the ex parte order and issue a full order of protection.

Learn More by Scheduling a Consultation Today

Contact the trial-tested Chesterfield domestic violence attorney at Galmiche Law Firm, P.C. if you require legal guidance and professional representation. Our firm can help you compile essential evidence and prepare a strong case strategy that reflects and achieves your legal objectives. With our assistance, you can secure an order of protection that safeguards your life.

Rely on 30+ years of legal experience. Call the Galmiche Law Firm at (636) 552-4841 to schedule a free and confidential consultation.