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I suffer from emotional abuse. Do I have rights as a victim?

It is a common misconception that abuse between intimate partners must be physical. This myth has been perpetuated by entertainment programs that portray victims, often women, suffering from black eyes and broken bones due to the harm inflicted by their husbands and boyfriends. While physical abuse of this nature is domestic violence, so too are the types of abuse that others in California may never see.

Emotional abuse is also considered an act of domestic violence. It can involve berating and threatening comments from a significant other to the victim that are intended to allow the abuser to control their victim. There may be no outward signs of abuse on the victim's body, but the harm that their abuser inflicts is just as real.

Emotional and psychological abuse are designed to inflict fear in the lives of victims. They can create terror of pending physical harm and intense trepidation in the lives of those who must suffer through it. Victims of these more discrete forms of abuse may worry that because their bodies do not show signs of abuse that they may not be able to seek protections from the California courts for the damage their abusers put upon them.

Victims of domestic violence, whether they suffer from physical, emotional, psychological or sexual abuse, may seek protection through restraining orders issued by the courts. No victim is limited from enforcing their rights to live without fear and to exist in an abuse-free life. To begin the process of securing court-order protections that may free a victim from the devastation of suffering emotional domestic abuse, affected readers are encouraged to reach out to trusted family law attorneys.

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