Frequently the news media reminds us of the widespread problem of domestic abuse when television reports and social media feature high-profile cases. Celebrities, professional athletes and spousal murder cases make headlines while thousands of unknown victims of domestic violence endure physical and mental abuse every day.
Hope Solo, U.S. National Soccer Team goalie, battled on the soccer field in Australia to help the U.S. women win the World Cup. Off the field, Solo has battles of her own dealing with an arrest back in 2014 that accused her of domestic violence. Reports claim that a series of insults between Solo and her nephew escalated to physical violence; both parties claim to be the victim. Charges against Solo were dismissed earlier this year because her alleged victims became uncooperative with story inconsistencies and admittedly threw away evidence.
The episode of Solo’s domestic abuse is no different than most situations involving a form of domestic violence. Victims often choose not to come forward, change their accounts of the story and feel compelled to protect their aggressor. Although domestic violence may not be easy to recognize, the signs are always there.
Predators do not lose control, but rather they intentionally use coercive and intimidating behaviors to gain control over another person. Domestic violence occurs within an intimate relationship and includes physical, psychological, emotional, sexual and financial abuses. Behaviors such as battering, spousal abuse and family violence are used to establish power over family members and follow common patterns that range from violent and aggressive to apologetic with promises to change. Without direct explanations or causes related to abuse, some episodes can be brought on by stress, financial problems, anger, depression or jealousy.
Victims of domestic violence are not to blame and they are not exclusive to a certain gender, age, race, income, ethnicity or any other specific criteria. Our domestic violence lawyers in Towson acknowledge that victims are vulnerable and often persuaded or threatened to not seek assistance.
Family and spousal abuse survivors carry a heavy burden beyond physical injuries or scars. Victims can suffer from depression, anxiety and emotional distress and experience social isolation and frequent work absences. Long term effects of domestic violence include poor health, such as heart disease or gastrointestinal illness, and ongoing medical and mental treatments.
Towson Domestic Violence Lawyers at Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC Support Domestic Abuse Victims
Family members experiencing abuse can contact Towson domestic violence lawyers at Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC for legal support. We are available and committed to obtaining the best possible outcome for men and women throughout Maryland. We advocate for clients in Columbia, Westminster, Essex, Bel Air, Ellicott City, Towson and in Maryland counties of Carroll County, Howard County, Baltimore County, and Harford County. To schedule a free confidential consultation call 443-589-0150 or submit an online contact form.