Domestic abuse is a problem that affects many people in Pennsylvania. About 25 percent of women in the U.S. are victims of domestic abuse at some point in their lives. During a typical year, there are over 10 million domestic violence incidents, or one incident about every three seconds.
Some people do not understand why people would stay with partners who are physically abusive towards them, but there are many reasons domestic abuse victims don't seek help. Victims of domestic abuse may be financially dependent on their spouse, or they may fear retaliation from their spouse if they leave or tell anyone about the abuse. Some domestic abuse victims don't think that they have anywhere to go if they leave their abuser.
A person who knows domestic abuse victims may be able to help the victim to get out of their situation by telling them about shelters that are nearby. They can help them to develop a safety plan by telling them how they could escape from their house and giving them phone numbers that they can call if they need a place to stay.
After leaving an abusive partner, a victim of domestic abuse may want to obtain a protection from abuse order from a judge. An attorney may be able to help a domestic abuse victim to petition for a protection from abuse order and file criminal charges. If a domestic abuse victim has children with their abuser, an attorney may help the victim to petition for full custody.