All too often, domestic violence and domestic abuse permeate marital and non-marital relationships. Counsel at the Law Offices of Paul M. Gaide understand the various components of domestic violence (not just physical abuse) and the cycles of violence to which you may be subjected. While Counsel at the Law Office of Paul M. Gaide are not psychologists, psychiatrist, or therapists, and are not qualified to medically treat you or address your needs from a psychological or other medical perspective, we are fully capable of assisting you in escaping the immediacy of the abusive behavior and recommending appropriate resources for you to manage the long-term effects of such behavior.
From a simplistic approach, domestic violence and abuse can be viewed as the need of one partner to have power and control over the other. Counsel at the Law Offices of Paul M. Gaide can help you to understand the overall pattern of abusive and violent behaviors which are used by a perpetrator of domestic violence to establish and maintain control over you, the partner. Very often, one or more violent-physical incidents are accompanied by an array of other types of abuse. They are less easily identified, yet firmly establish a pattern of intimidation and control in the relationship.
In addition to physical abuse, types of abuse may include: Coercion and Threats; Intimidation; Male Privilege; Economic Abuse; Emotional Abuse; Isolation; Using Children; Minimizing, Denying and Blaming; and Spiritual Abuse.