Domestic Violence Is Not Always Physical
There is a widespread misconception that domestic violence must be physical violence. In fact, abuse can be emotional, psychological, verbal, and sexual — and it often escalates quickly. An abuser may initially be charismatic and caring before slowly starting to wear away at your self-esteem by criticizing you, implying you simply aren't good enough, and isolating you from family and friends.
Then, it's harder to leave when verbal abuse begins or when it segues into physical abuse. Abusers may also push your sexual boundaries by coercing, pressuring, threatening, or intimidating you into unwanted sexual activity, or even by sexually assaulting you. And reproductive coercion — tampering with your birth control or pressuring you to get pregnant — is another common abuse tactic, with 1 in 3 women in abusive relationships also experiencing reproductive abuse.
All of these conditions still apply in a marriage, which is an unfortunate fact. Many victims fail to see or accept the abuse because they cannot comprehend that such treatment would come from their own spouse. If any of the above situations apply to you and you don’t know where to turn, reach out to a compassionate, experienced attorney who can help you objectively evaluate your situation and find a solution that’s in your best interest.