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Domestic violence: a sad and ongoing problem

The headline of a recent media article focusing on domestic violence in California states that family violence is "still a problem" across the state.

That is an understatement and a given, of course, owing to the seemingly intractable nature of this pernicious evil across all areas of the country.

Domestic violence is a problem that affects families, which makes it a complex social issue, because families are complex. Where human interaction is involved, violent tendencies occasionally play out, with serious -- and sometimes fatal -- consequences.

The aforementioned article on domestic abuse notes that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which makes it an appropriate time to reflect on family violence and to remind readers of its magnitude and the need to remain focused on its eradication.

It is posited that about 25 percent of all women and 14 percent of all adult males have suffered material physical violence that was inflicted on them by a former or current partner.

And physical violence alone hardly conveys the overall dimensions of domestic violence that occurs in California and nationally.

On the Domestic Violence page of our website at the Thomas Law Offices in Woodland Hills and Newport Beach, respectively, we note that abusive conduct and behavior in a domestic context encompasses far more than physically explosive acts alone. Indeed, domestic violence can include verbal intimidation and harassment, the subjecting of a partner or child to ridicule, financial manipulation, tight control over a partner's ability to meet friends and secure employment, and threats of violence.

For obvious reasons, matters relating to family violence are often marked by dire urgency and the need for involved individuals and families to secure outside professional assistance.

A proven family law attorney with experience in domestic violence intervention can play an important role in helping to resolve abuse-related issues.

Doing so in a timely manner that optimally promotes the best interests of would-be and actual adult and child victims of violence can be of utmost importance.

October's designation as Domestic Violence Awareness Month serves to remind us of that.

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