Domestic abuse is a very real problem in our society. There are some obvious physical signs of domestic violence, but there are often more underlying signs of domestic violence or the potential for violence. Many times these symptoms are overlooked, excused, or denied. says that domestic abuse, also known as spousal abuse, “occurs when one person in an intimate relationship or marriage tries to dominate and control the other person. Domestic abuse that includes physical violence is called domestic violence. Domestic violence and abuse are used for one purpose and one purpose only: to gain and maintain total control over you. An abuser doesn’t “play fair.” Abusers use fear, guilt, shame, and intimidation to wear you down and keep you under his or her thumb. Your abuser may also threaten you, hurt you, or hurt those around you.”

Behaviors of a Potential Batterer

  • Jealousy
  • Controlling behavior
  • Quick involvement
  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Isolation
  • Blames others for problems
  • Blames others for feelings
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Cruelty to animals or children
  • “Playful” use of force in sex
  • Verbal abuse
  • Rigid sex roles
  • Dual personality
  • Past battering
  • Threats of violence
  • Breaking or striking objects
  • Any force during an argument

 Fear is the Biggest Sign of Domestic Violence

If you fear your partner, then you are very likely in an abusive relationship with the potential for domestic violence. A few other signs of abusive relationships include a partner who belittles or controls you, and attributes to your feelings of self-loathing, helplessness, and desperation.

Physical Signs of Domestic Violence

If you are trying to cover up the results of an argument that got out of hand, or the nightly drunken response to life-frustration, you are definitely the victim of domestic violence. Bruises, internal injuries, broken bones and other physical, mental and emotional illnesses should never be excused.

The Nahajski Firm is an experienced firm in criminal defense. If you have been a victim of domestic violence or charged with domestic violence, you need to make sure that you have the best representation possible for your case. Contact the Nahajski Firm today.