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Can I Receive Damages For Emotional And Physical Abuse?



When a victim has suffered from emotional and physical abuse in a relationship, then he or she is entitled to sue for civil damages. A person must be in a marriage or partnership in order to sue for civil damages after an unhealthy relationship has ended. Children who have suffered in observing the abusive relationship may also be entitled to receive damages for emotional abuse. According to the National Institute of Justice, the sad reality is that between 1,000 to 1,600 women die as a result of physical abuse in their relationships with their husbands. Instead of allowing yourself to become one of these women, you can contact a domestic violence attorney to obtain damages for the emotional and physical harm you have suffered in a bad relationship.

Remedying Detrimental Effects Of Opposing Parties

In a domestic violence case, the court may want to remedy the detrimental effects of the opposing party's behavior. For example, a wife may have had to pay for medical treatment as the result of a husband's abuse. A wife may also be entitled to lost wages from a former husband due to the time she had to miss work due to domestic violence. Here are some examples of other remedies that a judge may offer the victim of domestic violence:

  • Damages for treatment of injuries.
  • Lost wages for time missed from work.
  • Bills for psychiatric treatment.
  • Funds for pain and suffering.
  • Funds for child support.

Help From A Domestic Violence Lawyer

Every court apportions damages in a different way for domestic violence cases. When you have been the victim of domestic violence, it is essential to get help from a domestic violence lawyer. A lawyer will know which damages you may be able to claim in your case. Attorneys are also skilled in negotiating with other parties. If your attorney believes that you may have a more favorable outcome through a settlement, then he may suggest that you try to settle the case outside of the court system.