One of the major issues for a victim of domestic violence is not being able to recognize the fact that he/she is a victim of the same. Additionally, many are not even familiar with their basic rights as a result of which many cases go unreported and thereby unpunished. Even the educated people without any special knowledge of the law are also unaware as to what exactly constitutes Domestic Violence thereby adding to the number of cases swept away.
Even minor incidents of domestic violence can leave a deep and lasting impact on the victims depending upon the age, intensity and the frequency of such violence. The victims could end up in a state of trauma. Some extreme cases lead to the victims taking their own lives, leading to a rise of suicide cases. A working woman might end up dropping out of the job as a result of any such ill-treatment or lose her efficiency due to loss of confidence as a consequence. It isn’t unusual for the victims of domestic violence to face serious health issues if tortured physically or mentally. In these cases, the survival of such victims becomes really difficult and even more painful day by day.
One of the first steps to fight in such matters is reporting of any such violence. Though reporting of such matters is a trauma in itself and certainly needs the professional and emotional support to talk about the same. The victims need a good attorney to represent them, who possesses the requisite skills and experience. The attorney not only plans the course of action as per the possibilities but at the same time also ensures that the victim is protected from the perpetrator. This protection basically includes two things i.e. finding a place which is safe for the victim and secondly, handling all the legal matters so that the victim does not have to deal with the perpetrator personally and suffers no more.
A basic help that a domestic violence lawyer can provide is to enlighten the victim about his/ her rights and all the possible outcomes from the current position and help the victim in choosing the most appropriate one. These options can include a suit for damages for the pain and suffering of the victim or even filing for divorce looking at the seriousness of the matter. In case of a divorce, the lawyer also has to make sure that his/ her client gets due alimony and custody rights of the children, if any. The lawyer must ensure the client’s rights are respected and a fair treatment provided.
In cases of domestic violence, a good lawyer can also ensure that the victim receives the spousal support or in other words alimony if the victim is staying in the relationship taking all the abuse for money. Here a domestic violence lawyer really plays a major role in ensuring that the victim receives fair treatment.