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What should I know when filing a restraining order?

When abuse is an issue in a relationship, filing a restraining order protects you and your family, while also allowing you to break free from the influence of your abuser. The process can be a bit intimidating, especially when you're concerned about your own personal safety. To help you along, The Judicial Branch of California offers the following advice. 

How can I leave an abusive relationship?

Leaving an abusive relationship can be one of the hardest things a person does in her life. Along with emotional issues, you might also have fears about the safety of yourself or your children. That's why having a plan in place is so important. offers the following tips on how you can extract yourself in a safe and secure manner when involved in an abusive or violent relationship. 

What are some predictors of domestic violence deaths?

While domestic violence is always a serious issue, some forms of physical abuse are a larger cause for concern. This led to the development of a domestic violence lethality checklist, which is intended to help law enforcement identify abuse victims who face a greater risk of homicide by their romantic partners. CBS News reports on this checklist so you can identify any potentially lethal patterns within your own relationship. 

How can I get away from an emotionally abusive relationship?

Emotional mistreatment is often a component of abusive relationships. It can be challenging for many survivors to overcome the damage caused by their abuser, especially when it comes to rebuilding self-esteem and self-confidence. Very Well Mind offers the following advice on coping with an emotionally abusive relationship and the steps you can take to regain control over your life.

What are the signs of domestic abuse against men?

While domestic abuse occurs to women with greater frequency, many men also experience ill-treatment at the hands of an intimate partner. This can be an issue in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships, and men often have difficulty speaking up out of fear their claims won’t be considered credible. If you’re concerned your relationship may be abusive, the Mayo Clinic explains some of the common signs of an abusive relationship.  

What are the patterns associated with domestic violence?

While it may seem like domestic violence can be easily identified, many victims are unable to do so. This is because these behaviors become normalized over time, and when coupled with the diminished self-esteem of the victim at the hands of the abuser, it’s quite common to remain in the dark. These types of behavior often present with specific patterns, as described below.

How can I heal from an abusive relationship?

For people in abusive relationships, breaking up may only be the first part of the process. Domestic violence can leave its mark on a person and it's often difficult to heal after an abusive relationship ends. In this case, The National Domestic Violence Hotline offers the following advice on how to recover and eventually move on from your experiences.

What is verbal abuse?

Verbal abuse is often a component of domestic violence and can have a devastating effect on a person’s psyche over time. It can be hard to recognize the signs of verbal abuse, especially for people who’ve been subject to it for many years. To ensure you get the help you need, Psychology Today offers the following information on different types of verbal abuse.

Men and LGBTQ offered healing and acceptance with support groups

When people hear stories of domestic violence in Los Angeles, their thoughts are often immediately turned to women who have been the victims of some type of violent assault by their significant other. However, what many people do not realize is that men and members of the LGBTQ community are also subject to the damaging consequences of domestic violence by their partners. Recognizing that domestic violence can affect anyone regardless of their race, background, beliefs or sexual orientation is critical in making sure that all victims get the appropriate help they need. 

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