California victims of domestic violence are frequently afraid at the prospect of divorcing an abusive spouse. According to some experts, many victims start the process of leaving their abuser as many as seven times before they actually succeed in leaving for good. The legal system has a process for victims to receive a protective order, either temporary or permanent, against the abuser. This order allows victims of domestic violence to proceed with a divorce with a sense of safety and security.
There are many shelters that can serve as a transitional residence for abuse victims. One such shelter has reportedly seen an uptick in calls to its hotline and victims receiving both services and shelter. Included in the list of victims are a growing number of men and teenagers, plus those who suffered verbal and mental abuse. This is in addition to what society considers the “typical” victims of abuse — women and children who suffer physical abuse.
Most shelters offer services such as residential shelter and counseling. An important aspect, however, is continuing to spotlight the fact that domestic violence is still a problem. Community involvement is key to stopping the violence, as many victims tend to feel alone and hide their suffering along with their bruises, both literal and figurative. Offering job placement and advice on obtaining protection are two other services that can help victims start moving forward on their path to complete freedom from their abuser.
There are many emotions that victims feel when dealing with domestic violence. One of the most important things to keep in mind is that anyone can become a victim of mental, verbal and physical abuse. Thankfully there are laws in place in the state of California that can protect victims from their abusers. Understanding those rights is the first step in obtaining freedom from an abuser.
Source: presstelegram.com, Long Beach shelters like Su Casa help domestic violence victims heal, Beatriz Valenzuela, Nov. 10, 2013