Getting Out Of An Abusive Relationship
Getting out of an abusive relationship can be incredibly difficult for many reasons. If you or someone you love is the victim of abuse, you need to seek legal counsel from attorneys who understand New Jersey’s domestic violence laws. At Tournour Law in East Brunswick, we can help. Our family law attorney, Frank Tournour, understands how frightening and destructive these situations can become. He will do everything in his power to protect you and your loved ones during this time.
Signs Of An Abusive Relationship
The signs of an abusive relationship vary greatly and may be subtle at first. This can make it hard to identify until the violence has escalated. The relationship may be abusive and you should take the necessary steps to remove yourself and any children from the situation as soon as possible if you are experiencing:
- Physical abuse, such as striking, choking, physical restraints, or the threat to do so
- Intimidation with knives, firearms, blunt objects or any other weapon
- Threatening harm to any children or threatening to take them away
- Threatening to harm or kill family pets
- Pressure to participate in uncomfortable or unwanted sexual acts
- Demanding control of or access to communication, including phone calls, texts, social media, emails, internet access and more
- Discouraging the victim from seeing or having contact with family or friends
The signs of an abusive relationship vary greatly and may be subtle at first. This can make it hard to identify until the violence has escalated.
Removing Yourself From An Abusive Situation
If you are being abused, you need to remove yourself from the situation as soon as possible. If children are involved and are at risk, remove them immediately. The New Jersey Office of Victim Witness Advocacy can help victims leave abusive relationships.
You and your child should seek shelter in a safe place where your abuser cannot find you. Hotels and domestic violence shelters are a good option. If you stay with a friend or relative, it is better to stay with someone the abuser does not know.
Once you are safe, call the police and then find a lawyer. The police will take a statement from you, collect evidence and file a police report. Our legal staff at Tournour Law can handle any legal proceedings that follow and will work with the police to keep you safe.
How A Domestic Violence Attorney Can Help You
If you have been physically abused or have received threats of abuse from your partner, our attorneys can help. Our first priority will be your immediate safety. We can then provide you with ongoing assistance throughout the family law proceedings. We will obtain a restraining or protective order. Because domestic violence can impact other areas of family law like divorce, child custody and child support, our attorney will address these issues as they arise.
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