Domestic Violence and Divorce in Arizona
Domestic Violence and Divorce Attorneys in Arizona
We all know that domestic violence in AZ is a serious problem, but many of us have done little to nothing to prevent it. With the escalating number of abusive relationships in our society, it is well past the time we all take a look at the effects of domestic violence in Arizona. Many people who suffer as a victim of domestic violence choose to get divorced. The correlation between domestic violence and divorce are high, but not high enough. If you do wish to file for divorce, it is imperative you find an attorney who has experience with both domestic violence and divorce in Arizona.
Many people are aware domestic violence has a negative impact on the victim. It is also important to be mindful of the fact that the longer that the abuse continues, the more negative those effects will be. It is vital that the victim recognizes the abuse and removes themselves from the situation for their physical, emotional and psychological health. If this doesn’t happen, the adverse effects become increasingly more significant.
Adverse effects on Individuals Who Do Not Escape Domestic Violence
Physical injuries occur in at least 42% of women and 20% of men who remain in domestic violence situations. More severe injuries can occur when the abuse is frequent or particularly harsh, but some of the most common physical indications include bruises, lesions, cuts, headaches, back pain, broken bones, pregnancy complications, gynecological injuries, sexually transmitted diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, heart and/or circulatory conditions, etc. Emotional abuse can occur in situations where there is also physical abuse or it can occur without apparent physical abuse. Regardless of whether the abuse is best described as physical, emotional or verbal, it can result in severe psychological consequences in the victim and others in the household witnessing the abuse. Common psychological effects include anxiety, suicidal behavior, depression, loss of hope for the future, inability to trust, low self-esteem, sleep disturbances, flashbacks, inability to concentrate, fear of intimacy, etc.
In addition to the negative effects noted above, there are also social effects of living with domestic violence. The negative social effects are often the thing that actually restricts the victims in their ability to leave the situation and often include: control of access to services intended to provide assistance to the victim, strained relationships with employers, health care providers and other authority figures who could essentially provide assistance, isolation from loved ones or other support system, etc.
Our Scottsdale and Phoenix Arizona domestic violence and divorce attorneys are experienced in dealing with an abusive spouse. We are experienced obtaining emergency custody orders for your children and obtaining an Order of Protection to help our clients who have been victimized by his or her spouse. You can call to speak to one of our experienced attorneys at (480)947-4339.