Domestic violence is a pattern of abuse that can include any of the following: physical, emotional, verbal, or sexual abuse. It is intentional behavior that is used by one person to harm and exert power over the other person. Under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, you have a right to file a civil complaint against the abuser. A family lawyer may be helpful in this process and can answer any questions you may have, but here are four signs that may indicate you have a case:

1. Threats: This can include making threats against you, your children, other family members, or pets. Your partner may threaten to commit suicide as a means of controlling you as well.

2. Intimidation: Intimidation is a broad category of behaviors that signal domestic violence. Your partner may use a weapon against you, insult you to lower your self-esteem, or bully you into having sexual relations. Other signs of physical intimidation include pushing, hitting, slapping, choking, and kicking.

3. Isolation: Some abusers use isolation as a method of abuse. This can include keeping you away from friends, other family members, social activities, and work. Isolation does not necessarily mean that you are locked away; it can mean that your abuser pressures you into staying away from others or makes you feel constant guilt about leaving.

4. Financial Control: When your partner takes your paycheck or all of your money, this is a method of financial control. If he or she tracks every dollar you spend or chastises you for buying basic necessities, you may be the victim of financial control as well.

None of these methods of control are acceptable, and you have the right to stand up for yourself. At The Law Firm of Walter K. Schreyer, our New York and New Jersey family lawyers are dedicated to helping people with all aspects of family law, including domestic violence cases. Whether you have been a victim or have been wrongly accused of committing domestic violence, you deserve legal representation. Call our New Jersey office at (888) 511-2837 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.

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