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The many faces of domestic violence in Louisiana

Violence has far-reaching hands when it comes to many aspects of relationships it affects. Domestic violence can also have a profound impact on the finances of  Louisiana residents on the receiving end of that violence. The term violence within a domestic relationship can mean more than physical violence. The abuse can also be sexual, emotional, verbal, coercive, digital or financial.

Statistics show that about 10 million people in the United States are affected by domestic violence each year. One in three women and about one in four men are said to experience some form of physical violence with an intimate partner during their lifetime. It can impact a person financially by way of medical costs, education that might be disrupted, inability to go to work and damage to credit rating. It may even lead to having to declare personal bankruptcy.

Of particular significance to women is reproduction coercion which entails an abuser taking over a woman’s reproductive health like forcing her to go on or to stop birth control, or forcing her to terminate a pregnancy. These, too, can cause financial hardship. In fact, survey results showed 40% of survivors of domestic abuse indicated their partners tried to impregnate them when they didn’t want to become pregnant or stopped them using birth control.

Domestic violence is a serious allegation. Louisiana residents who believe they may be suffering from such abuse would be wise to talk to an experienced lawyer. A lawyer may be able to make suggestions about such things as keeping an abusive partner away from a client with a protective (or restraining) order. Education on issues is a major key in volatile situations. A lawyer may be able to help a client in this type of situation to understand his or her rights.

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