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Physical Abuse Among Intimate Partners: Essential Information

OKABE & HAUSHALTER May 18, 2022 Physical Abuse

Our intimate romantic and sexual partners tend to be the people with whom we are most vulnerable. Thus, when they commit acts of physical violence against us, the pain we endure as a result can be remarkably difficult to cope with.

Have you been the victim of physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner? You may be eligible to recover compensation if so. Contact a Los Angeles physical abuse attorney at Okabe and Haushalter to discuss your legal options.

Physical Abuse Involving Intimate Partners: What You Need to Know

A person typically gets involved in a romantic relationship with someone else assuming their partner or spouse will treat them with respect and keep them safe from harm. Unfortunately, research from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence indicates violence involving intimate partners is more common than many realize. Consider the following points:

  • Approximately one in three women have been or will be the victim of some form of physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner in their lifetimes;
  • One in four men have been or will be the victim of physical abuse at the hands of an intimate partner during their lifetimes;
  • One in seven women have sustained or will sustain injuries as a result of an intimate partner’s physical abuse;
  • One in 25 men have sustained injuries resulting from an intimate partner’s acts of physical violence.

Documenting Physical Abuse: How to Build a Case

Hopefully, you will never be the victim of an intimate partner’s physical violence. However, if you are, it’s important to know that our Los Angeles physical abuse attorneys can help you pursue compensation from your abuser.

This does not mean you will recover compensation the moment you take legal action. It’s highly likely your abuser will deny your accusations and hire their own lawyer to defend them. Thus, it’s helpful to familiarize yourself with the various steps you can take to build a case against them. They include (but are not necessarily limited to) the following:

  • Taking pictures of your injuries;
  • Seeking medical attention right away when you have been the victim of physical violence, even if you don’t believe you have sustained any injuries (as it is possible to have been injured without immediately noticing the signs of your injuries);
  • Making detailed notes describing when, where, and how physical abuse occurred whenever it does;
  • Coordinating with any witnesses who may be aware of your intimate partner’s acts of physical violence.

Documenting these experiences can be stressful. However, in the long run, doing so will significantly improve your chances of recovering the compensation for which you may be eligible.

Contact a Los Angeles Physical Abuse Attorney Today

You deserve to be compensated accordingly when an intimate partner has committed acts of physical abuse against you. Recovering compensation doesn’t merely provide you with financial assistance — it can also provide some degree of emotional closure.

At Okabe and Haushalter, we have substantial experience providing victims like yourself with the representation they deserve. Learn more about how we can help by contacting us online or calling us at 310-430-7799 to schedule your free consultation.