What Is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence. Behind closed doors it secretly bruises the lives of nearly four million wives and children, relatives and friends each year. We’ve all seen the statistics: an estimated 44 million women in the United States are battered each year by their husbands or partners. Studies show that violence occurs at least once in two-thirds of all marriages. Approximately 95% of the victims of domestic violence are women. And roughly 40% of all physically abused children have also witnessed interspousal physical violence. Finally, many children who are abused, or who witness abuse of their mothers, grow up to become abusive themselves or become victims of domestic violence again. And the circle continues.

Domestic Violence is, in North Carolina, the subject of special laws that provide quick and effective relief. For detailed information about the domestic violence laws in North Carolina visit the domestic violence FAQs section of this site or read the NCBA publication, Domestic Violence: A Practical Guide for Survivors. The North Carolina domestic violence statutes provide the specific procedure for obtaining relief under the act. If a courtroom appears to be in your future be sure to read Navigating Basic Court Procedure in North Carolina.

Our firm sponsors bi-monthly seminars which address the multitude of issues found in most domestic violence situations. This is not a problem to ignore. For the safety of both you and your children, it is imperative that you find help if you are being abused or suspect abuse is taking place.

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