Domestic violence affects millions of men and women in the US each year. For many of these individuals, they will face emotional, physical and financial abuse. If you are a victim of domestic violence, then it is important to understand that you have options to escape your abusive relationship. Therefore, it is crucial to recognize the warning signs of domestic violence or abuse. These warning signs may include:
- Coercion and threats toward you: Your partner could use various threats to maintain power or control over the relationship. For instance, they may threaten physical violence or the destruction of property.
- Physical abuse: If you are experiencing domestic violence, then your partner may become physically abusive. Physical abuse may occur during arguments or when your partner feels they are losing control over the relationship.
- Possessive and controlling behaviors: Your partner may try to keep you from seeing family or friends. They could also try to exert complete control over your finances or personal decisions. Possessive and controlling behaviors may be an early warning sign of an abusive relationship.
- Frequent insults: Does your partner frequently insult you or put down your accomplishments? This could be an early warning sign of an abusive relationship.
- Coercion or threats towards family or children: Your partner could make threats towards your family members or children. For instance, they could threaten to have your children taken away.
- Guilt-tripping: Your partner may be emotionally abusive. For instance, they could threaten to commit suicide if you leave the relationship.
Can I Get a Restraining Order in California?
There are several options for restraining orders in California. You may be able to receive an emergency protective order if a law enforcement officer determines there is a threat of domestic violence. In addition, a domestic violence temporary restraining order or criminal protective order could be options.
You can speak to a San Jose family law lawyer at the Law Office of Daniel Jensen, LLP. to learn more about options for a protective or restraining order. We could also help if a vindictive ex-spouse or partner has unfairly filed a protective or restraining order against you.