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Domestic Violence vs. the Criminal Justice System

It seems like every time I look at the news lately, another professional athlete or movie star has been accused of domestic violence. Just the other day, the Houston Astros’ assistant general manager, Brandon Taubman, was seen shouting at three female reporters who were questioning him about pitcher Roberto Osuna, who is a known domestic abuser on the team. This is only the tip of the iceberg on domestic abusers in professional sports. 

These types of cases are the ones I know about because often, domestic violence flies under the radar. Though I hope this isn’t the case, people we know may be suffering from domestic violence without anyone ever finding out about it. Thinking about this led me to begin researching more about how domestic violence is combated in court when it does come out. 

First, I’ll start by defining what exactly it is I’m talking about here. Domestic violence is aggressive or violent behavior that occurs within a home, usually between partners in a romantic relationship. According to the Law Offices of Baden V. Mansfield in Manhattan Beach, CA, 1.3 million women are victims of domestic violence in the United States every year. I was appalled to hear that the number was so high, but I can’t help but wonder if it’s really even higher than this, considering so many cases are never discovered. Men, too, can be victims of domestic violence, although unfortunately this is swept under the rug even more than domestic violence against women.

What a Lawyer Can Do to Help

It can be very challenging for a victim of domestic violence to come forward, fearing further harm to themselves, their children, or their family. Domestic abuse is extremely difficult to escape from, even when violence isn’t in the equation. That’s why when people are able to expose what is happening in their marriage or otherwise within their home, I think it’s important that they are met with compassion.

Thankfully, I’ve been able to ascertain that a lot of lawyers who practice family law are very understanding of what their clients have been through, and will do everything in their power to make sure they’re taken care of. These lawyers help victims file lawsuits against their abusers, as well as file for divorce, and help them put their abusers behind bars.

As I can only imagine, it’s very painful for victims of domestic violence to face their abusers in a courtroom. Speaking out against domestic violence often leads to the end of marriages and the splitting of families, which can be hard on children who maybe don’t totally understand what’s happening. Lawyers can help victims come out of a terrible situation with dignity and compensation for what they’ve been through. Ending domestic violence is a fairly impossible task, but hopefully, soon we’ll see it decline as more people come forward in support for victims.