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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

It has taken far too long for the court system to get serious about the huge negative impacts domestic violence has on families. Men are often victims of domestic violence as well (see next tab).

Mr. Benjamin uses a domestic violence checklist and goes through a comprehensive domestic violence interview with his client. It is essential the child(ren) is not exposed to domestic violence in the household. Domestic violence is often a generational problem. Children who are exposed to domestic violence often end up as batterers or victims in their own adult relationships. The court is interested in breaking this cycle through counseling and treatment programs for both parties.

Domestic violence often is not a one way street. Victims often fight back and the court understands that. The biggest issue for the court is that the children are safe and the court will issue restraining orders and treatment requirements to accomplish safety for the children.

Statistically, pregnant women are particularly susceptible to domestic violence and domestic violence is a leading cause of birth defects in children.

Domestic violence is generally a very private crime and there are not necessarily witnesses, medical records, police reports nor photographs. A perpetrator generally does not harm a spouse, child or animal in the presence of others. The spouse often suffers in silence without involving the police and destruction of the family and/or financial security.

The court understands that it can take 6 or 7 times before a spouse or parent finally takes the necessary court action to end the relationship and protect the children.

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Law Offices of Jason Benjamin
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