It is a common misconception that domestic violence is limited to physical abuse. We have heard women say that they almost wish their spouse would hit them because then they would have an excuse to leave the mentally abusive relationship. At Law Offices of Torrence L. Howell we are here to tell you in unequivocal terms: Mental abuse is domestic violence. It is enough of a reason to leave.
There Are Many Ways a Person Can Exert Abuse on a Person
It is not necessary for an abuser to put their hands on the victim for it to be domestic violence. People have many ways of exerting power and control over intimate partners that do not require them to touch them at all. If you have been the victim of this type of abuse then you need to work with an experienced mental abuse lawyer. Law Offices of Torrence L. Howell can provide a free – and entirely confidential – consultation.
If You Have Suffered from Any of This Then You May Be the Victim of Mental Abuse
Many people do not know what exactly qualifies as mental abuse. They may be constantly hurt by their partner but not understand that they are victims of abuse. If your partner regularly makes you feel powerless, if they make you feel worthless, if they intimidate you, if they humiliate you – all of these can be signs of abuse.
Other common signs of mental abuse including being constantly criticized, being forced to isolate from your family and friends, being threatened with harm or having your children, family members, or pets threatened, being stalked or cyberstalked, being the victim of guilt trips, being the victim of name-calling or put downs, or being made to feel afraid via intimidation.
A Domestic Violence Attorney Can Help
You may wonder: How can an attorney help me get out of a mentally abusive relationship? When you work with Law Offices of Torrence L. Howell, we will work to use the law to protect you. We will do everything possible to help improve your chances of being safe and free.
For example, we can ensure that restraining orders are issued against the offender. We can petition for temporary alimony to help you get out. We can petition for long-term protection, child custody and child support – we can help ensure that you have the financial means you need to get out of what is not a safe relationship for you.
It is Normal to Feel Scared
If you are afraid of leaving, you should know that you are not alone. It is very rare that a woman walks away from a mentally abusive relationship with total clarity. It is normal to question if you are doing the right thing. It is normal to question if it is really abuse. The key is to call Law Offices of Torrence L. Howell anyway. Do not let the doubting thoughts get in the way of starting your life over.