The Constitution promises “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” When family members are brutalized in their own home, they are not free to pursue happiness nor can they be said to have life. Domestic violence saps the life from victims, often for years, even decades after the attacks have ended. Each year, more than 15 million children experience or witness violence in the home. Sixty percent of women in homeless shelters are there escaping abusive partners. Abusers commit acts of violence to intimidate and control their partners. At the core of the abuse is a lack of self-esteem, shame, and guilt.
The majority of domestic violence instances happen in the home. Law enforcement officers walk a fine line each time they respond to a domestic dispute call. They know that the situation at any time could turn volatile. In fact, domestic dispute calls are statistically the most dangerous types of calls police face.
Domestic Violence is a Social Issue
Far too often, people view domestic violence as a private, a family issue. What happens behind closed doors stays behind closed doors seems to be the mantra. However, victims of crime have a right to be heard and protected no matter where they are. Just because a home is private and may not be unjustly invaded does not mean that a crime committed within is out of the jurisdiction of law enforcement.
Domestic violence is a crime. It is also a social issue. Friends, family members, and co-workers should learn to spot the signs of domestic violence and get involved. Getting involved can include…
Speaking up, whether confronting the abuser or lending support to a victim
If the situation is public, create a distraction to stop the abuse
Call for safety
Involve others, ask for help
Getting away from domestic violence is not easy. Those who suspect that someone they know is a victim should offer help or report the incident to law enforcement. Often, a victim is too frightened to speak up; if law enforcement knows there is a problem, they may find a way to address it properly before serious harm occurs.
South Jersey Domestic Violence Lawyers at Kearney & Martone, P.C. Advise Families in CrisisThe South Jersey domestic violence lawyers at Kearney & Martone, P.C. help individuals though the most challenging time of their lives. Getting out of an abusive situation is not easy, but may be necessary. We can help. For a confidential consultation, contact us online or call 856-547-7733 today. Our offices are located in Haddon Heights, New Jersey and we represent clients throughout South Jersey, including those in Haddonfield, Collingswood, and Washington Township.