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New York abuse victims may fear filing for divorce

When many New York residents learn that a family member or friend is in an abusive marriage, they may encourage their loved ones to get out as soon as possible. To individuals outside the situation, filing for divorce may seem like the obvious solution to the problem. However, as many domestic abuse victims know, leaving an abuser is not always easy.

In many cases, when an abusive person learns that his or her spouse is thinking about leaving, the abuse can escalate. The individual may threaten or carry out harmful actions against the spouse, their children or even him or herself. One woman gave her account of how her abusive marriage ended in the suicide of her husband after he found out she wanted to leave him. She believes that if she had been present at the time, he would have killed her as well.

Unfortunately, this type of story is not uncommon in abusive relationships. Victims may even try to protect their abusers in attempts to keep the abuse from getting worse or in hopes that the situation will get better. Sadly, many women are killed by their abusers after or while in the process of ending the relationship.

This type of information may make New York residents feel as if they should remain in abusive relationships to protect themselves from worse outcomes. However, divorce is still an option. Having the right legal information on how to end the marriage and how to put a safety plan in place could help abuse victims end hostile marriages and also work toward remaining safe.

Source: kens5.com, "The dangers of divorce and domestic violence", Adi Guajardo, Jan. 24, 2018

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