October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and I want to take this opportunity to write about the effect that domestic violence has on the family and dispel some myths. . Studies show that children who grow up in a household with domestic violence are more likely than children who did not grow up in a family with domestic violence to continue the cycle in their own families.
One of the many myths of domestic violence is why a victim stays in an abusive relationship. It is also commonly thought that the only person to blame is the abuser.
Although I agree that any claim of domestic violence should not be taken lightly, if there are children involved, and the parties were already heading towards separation or a modification of custody was brewing, the fact that a petitioner may be bringing an action in order to obtain (at least a temporary) upper hand in the custody “battle” is alarming.
There are significant consequences (as there should be if the allegations are true) if a Judge finds that domestic abuse has occurred.