In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are dedicating this blog to making others more aware of the different types of domestic violence. Domestic abuse can be mental, emotional, financial, sexual, and physical. If you have ever known someone that couldn’t be home even ten minutes late or their spouse would get angry, that is a sign of abuse. If you have ever known someone who deliberately destroyed their significant other’s property in a fit of anger, that is a sign of abuse. If you have ever known someone who wasn’t “allowed” to drive themselves to work, that is a sign of abuse. Abusers crave power and control, and often times engage in many different unhealthy behaviors that give them the feeling of having power and control over their significant other. Physical abuse is just one kind of domestic violence, but 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. However, just because someone doesn’t have a black eye, doesn’t mean that they aren’t being abused. In Family Law, attorneys need to be aware of ALL potential signs of abuse so they can adequately counsel their clients. If you know someone who may be a victim of abuse, tell them to call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233. If you know someone that is a victim of abuse and is also in the process of leaving their spouse, please tell them to give our office a call to schedule a confidential consultation.