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Escaping domestic violence requires careful planning

Domestic violence is a problem affecting families in every state. Thousands of people in Charlotte, as well as across the country, are victims of violence committed by someone they should be able to trust. This is often a spouse or parent. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, more than 10 million adults face physical abuse by intimate partners every year. Additionally, one out of every 15 children are exposed to domestic violence.

What is spousal abuse?

You may assume that being in a committed relationship or marriage means that you will be involved in a fight with your partner or spouse at some point. It is true that disagreements are common and even healthy in many cases, but that does not mean that a disagreement should ever become violent or otherwise abusive. Spousal abuse is a major problem that affects millions of people across the state of North Carolina and the entire country. Acknowledging the types of behavior that can be considered domestic abuse under the law, as well as potential warning signs of abuse, can go a long way to help keep you and your family safe and healthy.

The two types of protective orders in North Carolina

Unless or until they have experienced domestic abuse personally, many people do not understand that it only takes an instant for an altercation to become violent. Domestic violence protective orders are issued in many cases involving domestic assault as a way to prevent alleged abusers and victims from coming in contact with one another for a particular amount of time. No matter if you were the victim of domestic violence or have been accused of an offense like spousal abuse, it is important to be familiar with the types of domestic violence protective orders that are available in the state. That is why we here at Epperson Law, PLLC, are committed to providing our clients with comprehensive legal guidance when it comes to domestic violence and restraining order guidelines.

How many domestic violence deaths occur in North Carolina?

Domestic violence fatalities are defined as murders which involve personal relationships between offenders and victims. According to the North Carolina Department of Justice website, 108 fatalities were tied to domestic violence in 2013 alone. Seven of these occurred in Mecklenburg County, in which Charlotte is located. Historically, this county has had some of the highest numbers of domestic violence murders.

The dangers of introducing guns into abusive marriages

There are currently countless men and women both in Charlotte and across the country who are suffering abuse at the hands of their spouses. Many will often resign themselves to dealing with such abuse thinking that even though their spouses have shown a propensity for violence, the abuse will never reach a level that could endanger their lives. Sadly, many find out that this isn’t the case. The precursor to many domestic violence fatalities is often the decision by the abuser to buy a gun. According to a report by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the risk of being killed by a spouse or intimate partner who owns a gun is 20 times higher when there has been physical abuse in the relationship in the past. In this post, we’ll examine what one should do if his or her abuser buys a gun.

What effect does witnessing domestic violence have on children?

Many of those in Charlotte who are suffering through abusive marriages often list a number of different reasons why they choose to remain with their abusers. Among the most common is their desire to keep their families together. The thought that many abused men and women who feel this way share is that they can succeed at keeping the signs of the abuse away from others, especially their children. Yet information shared by the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence shows that those attempting to conceal such abuse from their kids are failing. According to the NCCADV data, every year between 3.3 to 10 million children witness acts of emotional and physical abuse in their families.

The link between cyberstalking and domestic violence

For the men and women in Charlotte who’ve been the victims of spousal abuse, escaping those abusive marriages is a major step in guaranteeing not just their own future safety, but that of their children and extended families, as well. Yet simply leaving an abusive marriage may not signal an end to the threat of domestic violence from an ex-spouse. Often, the threat of abuse remains; it just may take a different form.

Carteret County woman shot and killed by estranged husband

The decision of domestic violence victims in Charlotte to remain with their abusers is one that many often fail to comprehend. One might think that even a single act of violence would be sufficient to convince one to leave his or her abusive spouse. In some cases, an abused spouse may feel conflicted emotions towards their abusers, remembering the strong feelings that he or she feels for the other yet at the same abhorring the violence that he or she has endured. Other times, a spousal abuse victim may simply fear that if he or she tried to end the marriage, his or her spouse would continue to threaten him or her with more violence or even worse.

The state of North Carolina's definitions of domestic abuse

Domestic violence is a marital reality that far too many in Charlotte are forced to deal with. It's often impossible to define what sort of abusive actions warrant the termination of a marriage. Some may take the point of view that any abuse, be it physical, verbal, or emotional, is too much. Others may be willing to work with their abusers to help them overcome the issues that contribute to their abusive actions. While not intended to set standards on when it is okay to end a marriage, this post will take a closer look at what is defined by the state of North Carolina as abuse and what legal recourses one has at protecting himself or herself from an abuser.

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