I’m writing this on a rainy, thundery Monday, and the gloom feels appropriate for the subject of today’s post. Domestic violence is NOT always male to female. Female to male and same-sex violence happen and are just as bad, but often less reported.
All states now have anti-violence protective laws, but a law is only useful if you take advantage of it. It is human nature to not want to recognize the first steps toward disaster in an important relationship. This is a good list of warning signs. If you saw your relationship in that list, leave. The sooner you do the safer you will be. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to get out of an abusive relationship. This quick video shows the terrifying progression of one woman’s abusive relationship.
Domestic abuse is not just physical, it often is financial as well. Controlling money is the beginning, and making the legal exit overwhelmingly expensive can be the end. This article paints a good picture of what financial abuse can look like.
Despite the fact that most states have had abuse prevention laws in place for over 25 years, and despite the fact that lip service is given by everyone to how bad abuse is, responses like this still happen. Not much has changed where sports money is involved since I represented Nancy Saad Parish.
The best advice is still to LEAVE as soon as you realize you are a victim. Say something if you think someone close to you is being victimized. Be careful, think it through, don’t make the situation worse, but understand that victims often don’t realize they are victims and outside support can be a huge help.