Early Signs of Domestic Violence

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Any type of conflict or discord in your family can be stressful and emotional. However, when domestic violence occurs, it can be devastating and even life-threatening for you and your children. If you have been the victim of domestic violence, family abuse, or you believe the threat exists, you should immediately call our dedicated domestic violence attorneys for help. We have legal tools that aim to protect you and your children as soon as possible to avoid any further emotional or physical harm.

While some incidents of domestic violence cannot be predicted, there are some warning signs that such abuse may be a possibility. If you notice any of these warning signs, you should never hesitate to discuss your concerns with loved ones, the authorities, or one of our attorneys. The following are only some examples of many potential warning signs of domestic violence:

  • Disrespectful name-calling or insults;
  • Claiming you are being overly sensitive if you get upset about hurtful teasing or comments;
  • Displays of irrational jealousy of friends, family, or acquaintances;
  • Constant phone calls, unannounced visits, or other acts to “checkup” on you;
  • Checking your phone, texts, emails, or social media;
  • Blaming you for their problems or mood swings;
  • Substance abuse;
  • Withholding or controlling the money to which you have access;
  • Showing signs of an uncontrollable temper or extreme impatience;
  • Having disproportionate reactions to minor irritations;
  • Forcing you to have sex or participate in certain sexual acts against your will;
  • Making threats to hurt you, your children, your pets, or your family members;
  • Making threats to hurt or kill you if you try to leave them.

The above is certainly not an exhaustive list of the possible warning signs of domestic violence. Leaving an abusive or threatening partner can be frightening, especially if they have threatened to hurt you if you try to leave. However, there are options for your safety and you do not need to stay with a violent partner. We can help you obtain protective orders and take any other necessary legal action.

Call our office at (215) 515-8464 for more information.

Our Philadelphia domestic violence attorneys have worked closely with many clients who have suffered abuse and we will always provide compassionate support throughout your case. We can also help with any divorce or child custody and support proceedings that may need to follow an incident of domestic violence. Please call the Law Office of Smith & Horwitz for the help you need today.

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