Category: Domestic Abuse
Domestic abuse plagues far too many Minnesota families, with data from the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women revealing that a tragic 24 Minnesotans died at the hands of partners or other family members in 2017. Many others experience considerable physical and mental suffering. Few seek the help they deserve. Resources are within reach, however, and many local organizations are ready to lend a helping hand — as highlighted below.
You've finalized the divorce process and are ready to move on with your life. Unfortunately, if you have kids, the complications are far from over. No matter the nature of your parenting plan, you're likely to run into drama as new romances arise — and as a new mother or father figure enters your child's life. While you'd like to think the best of your spouse's parenting judgment, there's never any guarantee that your ex's new boyfriend or girlfriend is worthy of spending time with your kids.
Emotional abuse can take many forms, but it nearly always leads to a fearful spouse who alters behavior in hopes of keeping the abusive person happy. Abusers use tactics often seen in POW camps, as they realize that it's easier to exert control via emotional manipulation than through physical means. Such behavior can leave lasting scars, including feelings of helplessness or shame. Many victims of emotional abuse struggle with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues.
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Child Welfare Information Gateway, out of approximately 2.1 million reports of child abuse or neglect in 2013, investigations revealed that only about 20 percent of them were valid claims, slanting heavily toward neglect. Although foster children file a fair number of claims, the majority of alleged perpetrators were biological parents.
When the Minnesota Domestic Abuse Act defines domestic abuse, it includes physical harm, bodily injury or assault, but it also comprises the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury or assault. Even when adults or children sustain no direct physical harm from abusers, threats and other types of severe verbal abuse can cause long-term harm — both psychological and physical. Victims need to learn to recognize the symptoms and when to seek legal assistance.
Every family has their disagreements. Unfortunately, some parents take things to the extreme, and deny parenting time to the other. When that happens, reunification therapy may be the best option to rekindle the lost relationship between a parent and child. If you are involved in a challenging situation with another parent, we are here to help. Quite often, in these situations, the underlying conflict among parents will turn into alienation of one parent. That parent becomes estranged (e.g., absent) from the child’s life, while the other assumes the …
Domestic abuse involves a statutory definition and process associated with obtaining an Order for Protection. Here is a quick guide on those issues: Abuse: Physical harm, assault or infliction of fear of imminent physical harm among family members. Process: Alleged victim submits papers to judge, outlining what happened. If court believes act of abuse occurred, Order for Protection is issued. Alleged aggressor may dispute issuance of Order, and request a hearing. If alleged victim proves case, Order up to two years may issue. If case not proven, …