DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS
Domestic violence refers to a series of actions in an intimate relationship in which the partner seeks to subdue and coordinate the other spouse by force. Domestic violence includes sexual assault or physical abuse, but it can be established without both. This is because the abuser can coordinate and terrorize the victim in many ways, such as through emotional abuse, economic abuse, intimidation, or threats.
IF YOU’RE CONSIDERING A LAWSUIT, SEE A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COUNSELOR.
If you are considering legal action due to domestic violence, it is best to see a domestic violence counselor before filing a lawsuit. The counselor can prepare documents to be submitted to the court as well as set up a safety plan. One way is to contact the family court in the area where you currently live and ask where you can get help.
WHAT IS AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP?
An intimate partner relationship is between a family or people who live in the same house. However, it may also include other classes of intimate relationships. Domestic violence can occur in the following relationships:
legally married or divorced
Having children, including adoptees, between the two
became a family member by marriage.
Relationships such as those between parents, brothers, and cousins
It’s not a blood relationship, but it’s a relationship between living together or living together for a period of time in the past.
Between current or past lovers (including same-sex and underage lovers)
Intimate relationships can be established even if the parties are not currently living together, have no sex, or even break up. The Court shall stipulate intimate relationships based on the following items:
nature or type of relationship
Frequency of encounters (current or past)
length of the relationship
However, an intimate relationship cannot exist between friends or coworkers.
HOW DO YOU GET AWAY FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?
Victims should be able to protect themselves from domestic violence. There are a variety of free programs and ways to help with the process. You can request an order from the court to protect yourself from the abuser. This is called an “order of protection.” If you want to ask the court for a protective order, it is best to seek help from a domestic violence advocate who is familiar with the procedure. A professional lawyer can not only help you proceed with the legal process but can also help you stay safe during the process