Domestic abuse victims may feel like they are unable to speak out about their experiences. For victims in Virginia or elsewhere who are immigrants, they may feel even more apprehensive about reporting their abuse. This is because they may not understand how the legal system works or have any family in the country. They may also come from countries where cultural attitudes about abuse cause them to stay quiet.
People in Virginia who are victims of domestic violence may be particularly vulnerable during disasters, and domestic violence professionals should work with first responders and others involved in recovery to ensure that they remain safe. The stress and potential lack of access to water, food and shelter can not only compound existing situations that include domestic violence but may affect families who are recovering as well. A framework for dealing with domestic violence may need to be adapted during a disaster.
People in Virginia who feel that another person is endangering their safety might want to file a protective or restraining order. There are three types of orders, and they have different durations. To protect himself or herself temporarily, a person can get an emergency restraining order that is good for three days or until court is back in session. A preliminary protective order lasts for 15 days or until a hearing occurs, and a final protective order may last as long as two years.
Domestic violence is a serious problem in Virginia, and many people have loved ones who are in relationships involving domestic abuse. There are several things people can do to help their loved ones who are in abusive relationships, and taking specific steps might help to save them.
On Feb. 29, two men went to the Supreme Court arguing that despite being convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, they should be allowed to purchase and own guns. If the men are successful, then victims of domestic abuse in Virginia and throughout the United States may be in greater danger. Abusers with guns are five times more likely to kill their victims, according to research from the National Institutes of Health.
Virginians may have heard about the alleged domestic violence incident between Track Palin and his girlfriend in Wasilla, Alaska. The son of the former Alaskan governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate was charged with fourth-degree assault as well as possessing a firearm while intoxicated and interfering with a domestic violence report. The 26-year-old reportedly punched his girlfriend and kicked her in the knee before holding an assault rifle close to his head.
Each year in the United States, 1.3 million women are assaulted by an intimate partner, and three women die every die because of domestic violence. While there are many causes of domestic violence, one way to help victims is to offer them legal assistance whether they can pay for it or not. Currently, a victim of domestic violence is not automatically granted access to legal counsel.
Domestic violence in Virginia can become much worse when the abusive partner obtains a gun. Shooters who engage in mass shootings are often people who were abusing their domestic partners. These shootings do not get as much media attention as the mass shootings that take place at movie theaters, churches and schools, but many people believe that there is an epidemic of domestic violence-related mass shootings.
People in Virginia may shake their heads when domestic violence victims return to their abusive relationships, but money often drives the decision. Victims sometimes have no access to money and may not even have a job when they try to leave a relationship because of the effects of financial abuse.
For those living under the threat of domestic violence, spousal abuse, stalking or any other type of emotional or physical threat in Virginia, it is important to understand the benefits of a protective order. A protective order, formally referred to as a restraining order, is an order granted through the court system that extends legal protection from the offending person for a defined period of time. If the offender violates the protective order, he or she would likely be arrested and charged with a crime.