In 2011 there were 161 alcohol-related crashes that resulted in deaths in Colorado, a decrease of 45% from 2001, the majority of which involved drivers with blood alcohol content (BAC) levels over the 0.08 legal limit. According to the National Census of Domestic Violence Services, on one random day in Colorado in 2013 (September 17) there were 978 victims of domestic violence treated or served in identified programs/organizations.
While great strides have been made for the plight of domestic violence, specifically for women, for some reason it still doesn’t get talked about in the same volume or seriousness that we do when people have to hire a drunk driving lawyer. Knowledge is power, so with that in mind here are three things to look for in friends, co-workers, family, and your own self to try and recognize if it’s time to enlist the help of a domestic violence attorney.
1.) Physical Injury: Over half of all women will experience some form of physical violence at the hands of their significant other. This is of course the most traditional form we think of when we hear of violence in a relationship. It’s not always in the form of blatant hitting though. A domestic violence lawyer can be necessary for anything from hitting, choking, slapping, pushing, biting, or any other form of bodily harm a person inflicts. In many ways this make physical violence the easiest form to identify and litigate by a legal representative.
2.) Psychological Injury: This area is obviously much harder to recognize, but can be equally or even more damaging. Depression, anxiety, even post-traumatic stress disorder can commonly result from physical, verbal, and emotional violence. Many times victims are led to believe they are the ones at fault resulting in even more psychological difficulties.
3.) Physical (Non-injury): The effects of physical and psychological violence can cause other forms of physical damage as well. Headaches, chest pain, insomnia, vomiting, and random moments of panic are just some of the issues that can arise as a result of an abusive relationship.
It’s important for everyone to familiarize themselves with these signs and symptoms to help stop and prevent these acts from happening in the future.