The Impact of Domestic Violence on Families

Q: Where can I get relief from domestic violence?

Arizona Family law attorneys see firsthand how the fallout from drug or alcohol addiction or other unfortunate circumstances can drive couples to divorce and tear families apart.

Domestic violence takes many different forms. While it may include physical violence or sexual abuse, it can also come in the form of verbal or emotional abuse or harassment. Sometimes it happens at the hands of a partner, a friend, or family member living in the same home. It can be any number of pairing scenarios, including spouse against spouse, parent against child, or child against parent. Sometimes both parents may act in concert against one or more of the children.

While men are often the attackers, they too can be the victims of domestic violence by other men or women. In the latter instance, victims may be reluctant to report the incident due to embarrassment or fear of not being believed.

For safety reasons, and because domestic violence incidents can escalate quickly it’s recommended to immediately contact the police   You should also speak to a family law attorney with domestic violence experience who can advise you of your rights and can refer you to other non-legal professionals and resources for additional support during this difficult time.

Recently, a Phoenix man was arrested after a family fight that reportedly escalated to a stabbing incident. In the end, the man’s mother was stabbed to death and other family members who tried to intervene had also suffered “minor injuries”. The son –who reportedly has a previous arrest “on charges of drug paraphernalia possession/use, dangerous drug possession/use and crime trespassing” — was charged with second-degree murder in connection with his mother’s death.

If you or someone you love is being abused, Cohen Family Law can help ensure your physical safety and that of your children and can assist you with a legal separation or divorce if you’re ready. Call us today for a free consultation at 602-714-8898. From our office in Phoenix, we help clients throughout Arizona resolve family conflicts through mediation, arbitration, or litigation when necessary.