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Survivor stories: Why domestic violence victims struggle to leave

You were likely drawn to your romantic partner for a number of reasons. When he or she turned violent or otherwise abusive, you likely struggled to reconcile the person you learned to love with the individual he or she becomes when abusive. This confusing duality is only one of a host of reasons why it is often difficult for victims of domestic violence to leave their abusers.

Dealing with financial abusive behavior by a romantic partner

Within the context of a romantic partnership, abuse can take many forms. Physical abuse can lead to devastating physical injuries, while emotional abuse can lead to psychological scars. Both of these kinds of domestic abuse are relatively well understood and various networks of support exist to help those who have been victimized in these ways by their romantic partners. However, an additional form of partner-related abuse is far less understood. But lack of understanding does not make combating this kind of abuse any less essential to the wellbeing of those it affects.

Maryland woman shares domestic violence story to raise awareness

Domestic violence takes many forms. In several cases, disputes arise between current or former couples over a variety of familial issues, including child custody, child support and financial problems. In other instances, individuals may find themselves threatened by a neighbor or a complete stranger. No matter the circumstances, victims of domestic violence should know that help is available, and one Maryland woman is sharing her story to help raise awareness.

Recent arrest shows effectiveness of protection order

Domestic violence is a sad, unfortunate occurrence throughout Maryland. Arguments and fights can break out between spouses, friends, neighbors or family members and can cover a variety of issues, some major and some very minor. Yet, regardless of what a dispute arises out of, it can quickly escalate, putting an individual in danger. When this happens, the individual afraid for his or her well-being should call 9-1-1 as quickly as possible to receive immediate protection.

Proposed bill would change Maryland's domestic violence law

Domestic disputes can turn dangerous in a matter of moments. A spat over something seemingly minor can turn into physical domestic abuse resulting in severe injuries and even death. Though domestic violence victims may feel helpless, they can and should take steps to protect themselves. One Maryland family is trying to make it easier for these individuals to obtain the protection they need.

Wedding color scheme argument leads to domestic violence

Couples can get into arguments over a lot of different things. Many times, the arguments remain verbal and are quickly laid to rest. Some, though, explode into a physical altercation, placing one or both parties at serious risk of harm. Children, too, are sometimes put at risk of physical and emotional injuries when they find themselves in the middle of these disputes. Maryland residents should take note of these situations and be aware of what they can do to protect themselves should they find themselves facing similar circumstances.

Police officer arrested on domestic violence charges

As scary as it may sound, anyone can fall victim to domestic violence. Those who seem calm and even those who are in a position to protect and serve can become enraged, placing other individuals at risk of serious harm. This happened recently when a six-year veteran of a police force was arrested and charged with assault, criminal restraint and domestic battery. The charges stem from a domestic abuse call which later led to a stand-off. There is no word yet as to the condition of the victim.

Study shows Montgomery Co. abusers not made aware of consequences

A new study shows Montgomery County Circuit Court Judges may not be doing enough to ensure victims of domestic violence are protected and their abusers are aware of the consequences of their actions. The report, conducted by Montgomery Court Watch, showed during 47% of hearings, a judge failed to tell an abuser he could go to jail for violating a protective order, during 55% of hearings alleged abusers were not informed they must give up any guns they may have, and during 35% of hearings the court failed to follow safety procedures implemented to keep women safe, such as preventing an alleged abuser from leaving the courthouse at the same time as the victim.

Maryland politician tackles domestic violence issue

With the next Maryland gubernatorial election not too far in the distance, politicians are developing the platforms on which they will run. Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown is seeking to make domestic violence one of his issues, and he has proposed several ideas to help combat these physically and emotionally devastating crimes.

Community college tires to raise domestic abuse awareness

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and one Maryland community college is playing its part. A local event related to the national Clothesline Project seeks to raise awareness of domestic violence issues by having individuals wear T-shirts with messages which are later hung in public spaces. The community college's officials cited statistics gathered by IMA World Health showing one in three women and one in four men will experience gender abuse, stalking, or sexual assault by a close partner as a reason why raising awareness is so important. Students of both genders took part in the project, which they hope will show that domestic violence can affect anybody.

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