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Recognizing when someone you love is being abused

It can be especially hurtful when you suspect that someone you love is being hurt by a spouse or significant other. Even more so if you are an outsider who is unable to intervene without worsening the situation. Equally as challenging can be determining whether or not your hunch is correct before making a false assumption that could hurt your loved one's relationship. At Gregory S. Johnson, Attorney at Law, we have helped many people in Louisiana to manage difficult family matters. 

According to, there are there are specific signs you can look for to help you recognize when someone you love is the victim of domestic violence. These include the following:

  • Visible marks or injuries on your loved one's body that are unexplainable or suspicious.
  • Alterations in your loved one's mood including personality changes, depression and anxiety.
  • Extreme jealousy or controlling behavior exhibited by your loved one's significant other.
  • Your loved one's partner makes fun of them in a public setting or says insulting things.
  • Your loved one is unable to spend time with family or has consistent excuses for missing family events.

If you notice that your family member always appears nervous and makes comments about his or her fears of making someone else angry, it could be another telltale sign that something is wrong. By looking for these signs and addressing your concerns privately with the person you love, you may be able to help him or her to begin making changes before it is too late. For more information about domestic violence, visit our web page. 

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