Recently, discussion of domestic violence has been seen everywhere, from gossip columns to mainstream news publications. Why the sudden increase in visibility? Allegations involving celebrities.
Domestic violence is never OK. But not every instance of violence in family interactions amounts to domestic violence. That being so, you would expect that it would be easier to know where the line is so that it no one would cross it.
Finding your way out of a domestic violence situation can mean lining up all of the resources that you think you will need before you make a move. Having a place to go and the means to support yourself and your children once you leave can be crucial elements to making the decision to leave an abusive situation.
There is perhaps nothing as frightening as being in an abusive relationship. Though someone may want to get out, they often don't know how, fearing for their own or their children's safety. Often the situation is left to fester too long, and sometimes the results are tragic. In matters of child custody in California, the well being of the children and their right to be free from fear of injury is paramount. No one should be made to suffer in a relationship built on fear.