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Category Archives: Domestic Violence


Five Common Myths About Domestic Violence In Fort Lauderdale

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

Domestic violence in Fort Lauderdale leaves victims feeling alone and isolated. While abusers often downplay the situation,  the fact is domestic violence can put your emotional and physical health in serious jeopardy. The following are five common myths that can prevent you from getting the help you need. Myth Number 1: Domestic violence is… Read More »


Can An Abusive Partner Ever Change?

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

Dealing with an abusive partner is one of the most gut-wrenching experiences. Despite the obvious dangers domestic violence poses, you may have serious concerns about your family, your finances, and your potential future without your partner. These can leave you hoping that their behavior will change, but is that even possible? There are some… Read More »


The Four Stages Of Domestic Violence

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

Domestic violence is a serious problem in Fort Lauderdale. It is also one of the least discussed and most commonly misunderstood. Abusers often engage in a pattern of behavior that leaves victims, extended family members, and friends of the couple feeling uncertain and confused. Unfortunately, this can prevent them from taking action, resulting in… Read More »


October Was Domestic Violence Awareness Month

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

Domestic violence in Fort Lauderdale is an unfortunately common problem. It wreaks havoc on families and can impact anyone. To call attention to the problem, October has been designated as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The following provides some general information about the problem, warning signs to be alert for, and steps you can… Read More »


Financial Abuse: A Common Type of Domestic Violence

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

Domestic violence often involves more than just physical acts of abuse. It can also consist of emotional abuse, threats, sexual harassment, stalking behaviors, and other efforts on the part of the abuser to control their victim. This includes financial abuse, which involves withholding money, limiting your ability to work, and taking other actions designed… Read More »


Verbal Abuse: Protecting Yourself Against This Common Type Of Domestic Violence

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

It is not uncommon for couples to occasionally say things in the heat of an argument that they wish they could take back later. Unfortunately, hurtful comments, put-downs, and other remarks often leave lasting scars. If it begins to happen regularly, you may need to take action to protect yourself. Verbal abuse is a… Read More »


Impacts Of Domestic Violence Make It Harder To Leave The Relationship

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

Friends and family members of people in abusive relationships are often puzzled by the question, “Why don’t they leave?”. While they may be well-meaning in their concern, this question often serves to put at least some of the blame on the victim and fails to acknowledge the very real impacts domestic violence has on… Read More »


Domestic Violence Increases Due To COVID-19: Six Common Factors Involved

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

Domestic violence often involves hitting, punching, pushing, and other types of abusive behavior. It can also consist of sexual assault, threats, verbal abuse, stalking, and other types of harassment. The primary cause is the abuser’s need to gain power and a feeling of control over the victim. However, there are often other factors that… Read More »


Protecting Yourself Against Online Stalking and Harassment

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

The internet allows us to communicate with friends, conduct business, catch up on the latest news, and research a variety of topics, all from the comfort of our own homes. Already popular with people of all ages, online activity has surged even higher over recent months in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, online… Read More »


4 Reasons Why Victims Blame Themselves For Domestic Violence

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

Domestic violence can occur between spouses, former spouses, domestic partners, and people in other types of relationships. In addition to the heavy emotional toll it takes on victims, domestic violence can result in serious injuries and may eventually prove life-threatening. In some cases, fear of financial insecurity and the emotional trauma they suffer makes… Read More »