There are a lot of reasons not to stay in an abusive relationship, but we're going to talk about one more: the effect that being around domestic violence has on your children.
Substance abuse and domestic violence are often linked together. Drugs and alcohol can serve to incite fights and lower someone's impulse control. It's just recently, however, that researchers have started to realize that drugs and alcohol are also weapons that get used inside many violent and coercive relationships.
In California, a "stay-away" order is just what it sounds like: Also known as a Criminal Protective Order (CPO), it's a court order that obliges one person to keep away from another. However, California courts also use something known as a Civil Restraining Order (CRO).
Everybody going through a divorce ultimately hopes that it will be quick and uncomplicated -- but things don't always go that way.
If you're in an abusive relationship, you know that the only sure road to safety is to get out and put some distance between yourself and your abuser.
Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVRO) -- which are generally called "red flag" laws -- exist in numerous states -- including California. They have just seldom been used -- until now.
If you've been accused of domestic violence, you may be in danger of losing your right to possess a firearm -- for the rest of your life.
If you're a woman in America today, the person most likely to murder you is your spouse, ex-spouse or another intimate partner.
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which helps protect women against domestic violence and assists those who are victimized through various programs, came into being in 1994. However, it was a time-limited measure that had to be periodically renewed.
There's a lot of new research emerging that's focused on the effects of domestic violence on children. Researchers are finding out that abuse actually affects children -- and the adults those children later become -- in far worse ways than they ever imagined.