Exact statistics for domestic violence and abuse in the United States are difficult to pin down, given the intimate nature of this crime. The Domestic Violence Resource Center cites that numbers range from 600,000 to 6 million women and 100,000 to 1 million men for victims of domestic violence. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in four women will experience domestic abuse. Spouses who are separated or divorced are at the highest risk for this type of violence.
Anyone who is experiencing physical or emotional abuse from an intimate partner or spouse should seek help in getting out of this situation. Removing children from an abusive situation is also important. If you are married to an abusive spouse, you may have grounds for divorce in Maryland. Speak with an experienced divorce attorney about taking steps to protect yourself and your children — physically, emotionally and financially.
In some cases, it may be necessary or prudent to arrange for a Protective Order to be issued by the court. Such an order can order the abuser to stay away from your home or office, or face serious consequences. This type of order can also award possession of a home and custody of children to the petitioner on a temporary basis, until a more permanent resolution is in place.
Taking the steps to end a relationship with a dangerous, violent partner is never an easy road to travel. Having reliable legal support along the way can help you make this transition, so contact our law firm to discuss your case.