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What is financial abuse?

Domestic abuse is most often associated with physical and sexual violence or emotional and verbal cruelty by one spouse or partner towards the other. However, many partners seek to get the upper hand in a relationship and exert power through financial abuse.

Reports of domestic and sexual violence dropping among immigrants

Advocates for victims of domestic violence across the country report a sharp drop in the number of reports they've received from Latinos in recent months. Many attribute this to the fear among undocumented immigrants that they will be deported if they contact the police or the courts regarding a violent partner or spouse or even to report sexual assault or rape. One police chief says that he fears the trend "looks like the beginnings of people not reporting crime."

Domestic violence often follows victims to work

We've all heard the troubling statistics about domestic violence. For example, on average, a woman is fatally shot by a current or former husband or boyfriend every 16 hours. That doesn't even take into account women who are killed by other methods such as stabbing, strangulation and beating.

Imperfect laws don't keep guns out of all abusers' hands

Despite increased attention to the problem of domestic violence and tougher laws both at the state and federal levels, the statistics regarding women who are killed by current or former husbands and boyfriends remain staggering. Many of these deaths involve guns.

Take control when you leave an abusive marriage

When you think of domestic violence, you might think that only physical abuse matters. This isn't the case. There are many types of domestic violence that you have to consider when you think of domestic violence. We know that having to leave a marriage that included any form of domestic violence is a traumatic experience. This means that you might have thought long and hard about whether you were going to leave or not.

Does a restraining order limit social media use?

You and your spouse are heading toward divorce, and he or she takes out a restraining order against you. You know the basics: You're not allowed to go to your spouse's residence, you have to stay a certain distance away and you can't call on the phone. But does the restraining order go further than that in the ways it limits contact? What about social media use?

When victims want to drop domestic violence charges

A fairly common scenario when domestic violence charges have been filed against a victims intimate partner is that the batterer attempts to get the victim to drop the charges. This can be done either by threats of worse or promises of better behavior by the abuser.

Domestic violence escalates around the holidays

For many families, the holidays are less than convivial gatherings because of traumatic episodes marred by domestic violence. When extended families gather together, emotions can run high, especially when alcohol is consumed. This can lead to explosive violence against intimate partners as a result of the frustration.

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