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Continuing with our series on legal rights for women in conjunction with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, today we will highlight additional forms of domestic abuse that may go unreported because they are not deemed “typical.” Too many women have suffered, and continue to suffer, in silence at the hands of their domestic partner without knowing and/or understanding their legal rights to protect themselves. There are numerous steps a person and/or family may take from a legal perspective to ensure their family’s safety.

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Womenslaw.org provides detailed information and advice on how to deal with an abusive situation from knowing what abuse looks and feels like, developing a “ready to leave plan,” filing a restraining order and getting police reports.

We will highlight specific information each week of October based upon your rights.

What Are Some Additional Forms of Domestic Abuse?:

Many of us are familiar with “typical” claims of domestic violence (i.e. – physical and emotional abuse) against partners. It is easy to recognize scars, bruises, black eyes and other abrasions on a person and also to understand that certain verbal altercations and exchanges are abusive based upon the content and tone of a partner. However, many people are not aware that there are other forms of abuse that often time go unrecognized and unreported.

According to Womenslaw.org, the additional forms of domestic violence include the following:

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