Partner abuse can take many forms. If a loved one is physically, emotionally, or financially dominating and controlling your life without your consent, you may be in an abusive relationship. If you are the victim or accused partner in a relationship, seek legal counsel to make sure that your rights are protected. Here are some common examples of domestic violence:
This type of violence often results in bruises, cuts, scrapes, and welts. Even if it does not leave marks, physical abuse occurs when one partner wields control over the other through hitting, slapping, or other physically painful acts. If you have been modifying your behavior around your partner in order to avoid physical pain or repercussions, you may be a victim of physical abuse.
Not all abuse involves physical pain. Abusive partners can use other means of coercion to belittle their significant others and gain an upper hand. Emotional abuse is defined as the use of words, actions, or inactions meant to control or hurt the other partner. This type of exertion of power typically aims to ridicule, intimidate, or coerce the victim into obeying the abuser. It can be difficult to notice emotional abuse because it leaves no outward marks.
In situations with unbalanced power dynamics, one partner may have control over the other’s finances. In these circumstances, financial abuse may occur. This mistreatment involves the use and misuse of financial resources by the partner who wields the power in the relationship. Stay-at-home moms or others who are not the primary breadwinners are at particular risk for this type of abuse.
If you have been a victim of domestic violence in Arizona, you can seek legal recourse against your partner. Phoenix-area residents in need of legal advice should contact the office of Blumberg & Associates by calling (602) 277-6180. Our skilled staff can help protect your rights, end your marriage, and allow you to begin the healing process.