Domestic violence and divorce

As the facts of the recent Wisconsin salon shooting case demonstrate, filing divorce or ending a relationship can trigger domestic violence. Those who suffer in abusive relationships may be more hesitant to leave a marriage because of threats or the fear of physical harm. In most cases, these fears are not misguided.

Domestic violence victims in Salt Lake City, Utah and nationwide may feel physically threatened after filing for divorce. Only months ago, a California woman was bludgeoned to death after she tried to break off a romantic relationship with her boyfriend. This situation is much more common that people may realize. Domestic violence murders are up throughout the country and can pose a serious risk to victims.

According to statistics, the initiation of divorce proceedings or putting an end to a romantic relationship can be a significant trigger for domestic violence.

  • Approximately 75% of visits to the emergency room by battered women occur after separation
  • Domestic violence is the stated reason for 1 in 5 divorces
  • Battered women need medical attention more often after separation than when cohabitating
  • Women who leave a batterer are at a 75% greater risk of severe injury or death than those who stay

Still, fear is not a reason to stay in a marriage. If you are a victim of domestic violence and seeking a divorce and safety, there are resources available to you. You should protect yourself from becoming a victim before filing divorce. Working with professional experts, creating an exit strategy, and taking extra precaution should be a priority before you file for divorce or initiate a breakup.

An experienced attorney can help you protect your legal rights and assist you in seeking out necessary resources, including shelter and a restraining order if you are in fear of domestic violence.

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