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What are the Risks of Staying in An Abusive Relationship?


If you are being victimized by abuse, you need to talk with a Scottsdale Domestic Violence attorney. An attorney can help you to take action and get an order of protection or otherwise take steps to try to stop the abuse. Domestic abuse can escalate and can sometimes lead to permanent or fatal injuries. Your children can also be impacted in profound ways by domestic violence in the home. 

While there are some circumstances where people do change and the abuser will stop the damaging behavior, there are many other situations where the abuse just continues or gets worse. You need to be aware of the very substantial risks of staying in an abusive relationship.

You also need to understand resources and tools in Arizona that could help you to get out of that relationship and keep yourself and your kids safe. Find out more from Singer Pistiner, P.C. Our legal team has provided help to many abuse victims in and around Scottsdale, so give us a call when you need to talk with a Scottsdale domestic violence attorney.

Understanding the Risks of Staying in an Abusive Relationship

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide a long list of possible consequences associated with domestic violence. According to the CDC, almost one in four women and almost one in seven men have been victimized by severe physical violence. Around 14 percent of women and 3.5 percent of men have gotten badly hurt because of abuse.

Abuse can cause death, physical injury, and a wide variety of health conditions including asthma; irritable bowel syndrome; joint disease; gastrointestinal disorders; migraines; headaches; and more. The threat of living in a violent household can cause significant stress on your body, which is why you are more likely to be sick.

The risks of domestic violence also extend to children. Children can be physically hurt as a result of their parents’ violent interactions. Children who live in a home with domestic violence can also exhibit inappropriate behaviors such as violence; can suffer from low self esteem; and are more likely to abuse or to be abused. These consequences for your children can impact them throughout their lives, just as you could be permanently affected by serious injuries that you sustain.

What Should You do If You Are in an Abusive Relationship?

The decision of what you should do in an abusive relationship is a very personal one. Many people decide to try and stay and work things out with their partner, or they stay because they believe their partner is truly sorry and willing to change. Unfortunately, domestic abuse does not just go away on its own. Many abusers have made attempts to stop without outside help and have failed.

Abusers can change, but usually require therapy and interventions to do so. Wall Street Journal reported on the success of batterer-intervention programs, which can last for months and which teach behavior modification as well as providing psychological therapy. If your abusive partner is willing to try to engage in therapy and take actual steps to change the behavior, then you may be able to salvage the relationship and stay safe. However, you should still strongly consider seeking a protective order until the person who is hurting you has already gotten help and shown improvement. Remember, a protective order doesn’t mean giving up or ending your relationship permanently; it just provides you with protection from getting hurt.

If your abuser is not willing to take any steps to change or stop the cycle of abuse, then you may wish to pursue other options including working with a Scottsdale domestic violence attorney to get a divorce and end your relationship permanently.

Getting Help from A Scottsdale Domestic Violence Attorney

A Scottsdale domestic violence attorney at Singer Pistiner, P.C. can provide you with assistance in exploring different resources in Arizona that could help you to fight against domestic violence. We can also provide you with help in securing an order of protection which will prohibit your abuser from continuing the threatening and damaging behavior.

To find out more about protective orders in Arizona and about the ways in which we can help you, give us a call at (480) 418-7011 or contact us online to speak with a member of our legal team. We know how frightening it can be to become a domestic violence victim and to take action to try to fight back to stop the abuse. We will use our considerable legal experience to help you take the right steps to move forward on a safer path.