Family Law Blog

Restraining Orders Take a Financial Toll on Women

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

When a woman gets a restraining order on a partner, it can result in negative financial consequences for her, including lower earnings.

Those interesting findings came from a study conducted by researchers at the University Of Pittsburgh. The researchers went through the earnings of close to 4,000 women in Pennsylvania, and found that those women who sought a restraining order against an abusive partner, lost between $312 and $1018 in earnings in the year following.

Additionally, the researchers found that the women were not able to make up these financial losses later. This could be because sometimes abusers spouse sabotage the woman's workplace and job, making it impossible for her to continue at the workplace. In other cases, they run up bills or confiscate the spouse’s paycheck. All of these could be possible reasons why women suffer a drop in financial earnings in the year after the restraining order.

These findings also prove that it's important to offer a woman more than just legal support at a time like this. Women need other types of support, including financial support during this time. Many women simply won’t walk away from an abusive marriage, unless they have some kind of financial support in place. But no one denies that taking out a restraining order against an abusive partner, could possibly save your life.

If you are currently in an abusive relationship, there are steps that you can take to help protect your safety and the safety of your children. Don't wait until the abuse becomes serious enough to threaten your life or your children's lives. Speak to a family lawyer in Los Angeles about taking out a restraining order against your abusive spouse.

Domestic Violence Linked to Higher Abortion Rates

Monday, January 13, 2014

According to the results of a new study, as many as a quarter of all women who end up having abortions, are victims of domestic violence. The study was conducted by researchers at Kings College London, and found that there is a possibly strong connection between abortion and domestic violence.

The research was based on the results of 74 studies that were conducted earlier on domestic violence. The earlier studies looked at a possible connection between all types of domestic violence, including physical, sexual, and psychological violence, and abortion rates.

The researchers estimate that worldwide, between 2% and 30% of women who had an abortion, were victims of domestic violence over the previous 12 months. They also estimate that between 14 % and 40% of women in the study who had abortions, were victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives. Overall, according to the research, an estimated 25% of all women worldwide who had abortions had experienced domestic violence.

The study stops short of actually giving a cause-and-effect link between domestic violence and abortion. However, it does raise sufficient questions about the long-term consequences of domestic violence.

If you are currently a victim of domestic violence, you are probably in the most traumatic and stressful period of your life. It is important to understand that you must get legal help for your own safety as well as the safety of others in your care. There are legal protections for victims of intimate partner violence in California, and you must access these protections in order to safeguard your family safety. Those protections include a domestic violence restraining order that can help protect you from violence by restricting your partner’s access to you.