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What are the signs a partner may be abusive?

It is common for people to want to avoid abusive relationships. However, it can often be difficult to spot an abuser before getting into the relationship because they tend to hide their true nature quite well. Despite that, there are some things that you can do to help protect yourself from getting into such a situation in the first place. It takes observing the person, especially early in the relationship when abusive is less likely to occur.

What causes domestic violence?

While there is no way to know what exactly causes domestic violence in Louisiana, there are ways to help avoid it. If you understand more about why it happens and look into the warning signs, you could save yourself or someone you love from getting into an abuse situation.

What are Louisiana's domestic violence arrest laws?

Domestic violence is a very difficult situation for those involved and for law enforcement in Louisiana. According to the American Bar Association, some states have a policy where law enforcement is required to arrest everyone involved and figure out later who is the aggressor. This means that in some states, you could go to jail even if you are the victim. The idea is to defuse the situation and then let attorneys and judges do the legal legwork to figure out who is in the wrong.

How is law enforcement trained to respond to domestic violence?

If you are in a situation involving domestic violence in Louisiana, it can be helpful to know what law enforcement will do when they respond to your call for help. It can make it easier for you to help them gather the information they need. This can lead to the situation being resolved more quickly and can help to keep you safer. It can also help you understand why officers react the way they do and allow you to see they really are trying to help.

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. 

Domestic violence and divorce: Keeping the kids in the loop

When it comes to divorce, many people think it is the easiest decision to make. Though some people have no trouble filing for divorce, there may be reasons why some individuals are more cautious and wait. One issue that often deters individuals is domestic violence. "Sometime during their lifetime, 450,000 women are likely to experience domestic violence in Louisiana," states The Livingston Parish News. 

Understanding what a restraining order protects you from

If you are involved in a relationship where you are the victim of domestic violence, abuse or threats, you may have considered filing for a restraining order against your perpetrator. While a restraining order can be effective in protecting you, and keeping you safe from unwanted attention, it is imperative that you fully understand its purpose for optimal effectiveness. At Gregory S. Johnson, Attorney at Law, we are experienced in helping people in Louisiana understand the function of restraining and protective orders. 

Alleged domestic abuse results in Louisiana man's arrest

Familial conflict is expected in any family and is often resolved without any major relationship disruptions. However, there are an increasing number of incidents where family contention is the root cause of serious domestic conflict. In unfortunate circumstances, these serious incidents often result in the injury or death of certain family members while the perpetrator ends up behind bars. 

How can you protect your children from domestic violence?

If you are in an abusive relationship, you are certainly not alone. Every day, many Louisiana families deal with the complexities and dangers of domestic violence. Your situation may be further complicated if you and your spouse have children together. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect your children from exposure to violent situations.