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Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is not limited to those obvious cases where one spouse is beating the other spouse. It can hurt anyone regardless of background, education, age, sexual orientation, or gender. Domestic violence, which Missouri refers to as “Adult Abuse,” is a pattern of coercive control in which one person either physically harms another or arouses fear, prevents a partner from doing what they wish, or forces a partner to behave in ways they do not want to and against their will.

 

Visible injuries are not the only indicators of abuse, and providing evidence of abuse is necessary for the court to intervene. Examples of abuse can include:

-Physical

-Sexual violence

-Threats or intimidation

-Emotional abuse

-Economic deprivation

-Humiliation

-Isolation

-Intimidation

 

Larry and Brian coordinate with domestic violence victim advocates and the police in resolving these difficult cases. They understand the various ways in which abusers can control their victims, and that the greatest danger for a victim is at the time they leave.