How Common is Violence After Divorce?
JACKSON, Mississippi. In Pennsylvania, a man angered by his divorce, killed his parents and was later found dead. According to USA Today, when the man received the final divorce order, which awarded his wife the house, he went to the house and opened fire on his wife. She was not killed, but had to duck for cover. The man then went to the retirement home where his parents were located, shot them, and then returned to his wife’s house. She had left by that time.
The story is devastating, because people were killed. Yet, how common is violence during, before, and after divorce? According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, one of the biggest indicators that an abusive partner could turn deadly is when he or she has access to guns. Just having a gun in the home can increase your risk, but usually, violence is preceded by other acts, such as verbal abuse or hitting. So, if your partner has shown to be violent or have anger issues, your risk of violence during your divorce may be increased. Researchers found that the mere presence of a gun in the home increased the risk that a person would be killed by their partner who was abusive by 500 percent.
If you are planning on getting divorced and your partner has been abusive or violent, or if you fear that your partner may become abusive or violent, it is important to take steps to protect yourself and your children. Plan to stay with family or with a friend. If your partner has been violent in the past, you may want to get a restraining order. According to Forbes, one in three women have been abused by an intimate partner, and one in five women have been severely abused.
Divorce can also lead to escalated violence. A woman who previously experienced verbal abuse or financial abuse, might find herself facing physical abuse when she tells her husband she wants a divorce. Women can also struggle when they suffer physical or emotional abuse because their former partner might threaten them at work, harass them at work, or make it difficult for them to go about their day. Other women may find that their partners committed financial abuse by taking out and running up cards in their name. In other cases, abusive partners may put all the family’s assets in their name alone, tightening control. If there is a gun in the house, the abusive person may keep it locked with a key only he has. Each of these situations is troubling.
If you find yourself preparing to leave an abusive relationship, it is important to put a plan in place. Even if you believe your partner won’t be violent, if you have a gun in your house, you may want to take steps to protect yourself and your children before you file for divorce.
If you fear for your safety or well-being, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. You may also want to hire a divorce lawyer in Jackson, Mississippi to protect your rights. The Law Office of Andrew Sorrentino, P.L.L.C. is a family lawyer in Jackson, Mississippi who may be able to assist you if you suffered from financial abuse during your marriage. Our firm can review your financial situation, your assets, and your debts, and will take the time to hear your story. Visit us at https://www.andrewsorrentinolegal.com/ to learn more.
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