Domestic violence is an unfortunately common problem in South Carolina. It can take many forms, from verbal threats and intimidation to actual acts of violence committed against spouses, domestic partners, and other family members. As an experienced Aiken family law attorney, the Surasky Law Firm, LLC is here to help in these situations. The following are signs of abuse you need to be alert for and steps we can take to help ensure you are protected.
Domestic Violence In South Carolina
The South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse (SCCADVASA) is a leading activist for domestic abuse survivors. They maintain a hotline intended to help victims throughout the state. They receive more than 18,000 calls each year and estimate as many as one out of every three women and one in four men are affected. Types of domestic abuse include physical abuse, sexual abuse and harassment, psychological violence, and emotional abuse.
Abuse often centers around the need for dominance and control. It can begin early in your relationship or it may be triggered by certain events, such as when you try to break up or leave the abuser. Signs to be alert for that a relationship could eventually become violent or abusive include:
The person monitors your activities or your friendships
They keep tight control over your money or financial affairs
They are constantly suspicious of you while at work or school
They have damaged personal belongings of yours in the past
They are constantly putting you down or bad mouthing you
They become easily enraged
They have made threats against you, your friends, or other family members
Under South Carolina criminal laws, domestic abuse is a crime. Perpetrators can be held accountable for their actions and may face fines, mandatory counseling requirements, and a jail sentence.
How You Can Protect Yourself
For those experiencing domestic violence or situations where they fear a partner could become abusive, the thought of leaving can be intimidating. However, for your own protection it is vitally important to get help immediately, before the situation can escalate. Our family law attorney is here to help.
Depending on your situation, you may be able to get an order of protection. Under the South Carolina Statutes, this can be granted by the court in cases where domestic abuse has been an ongoing issue or in situations where violence is an immediate threat.
After filing a petition in your case, a hearing will be held before a judge within 24 hours. You may be issued an order of protection which details the following:
Requirements for the alleged offender to leave your home
Prohibitions against them contacting you at work, school, or other public places
Restrictions against telephone calls and other communications
Provisions regarding child custody and support for you and any children from the relationship
Get Help Today
At the Surasky Law Firm, LLC, we help to protect you in situations involving domestic abuse. To discuss your options with our Aiken family law attorney, contact our office and request a confidential consultation today.