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The face of domestic violence reflects changing society

When one hears about abuse in terms of relationships, it is likely that an image of a battered wife comes to mind. However, current research points to changing trends when it comes to domestic violence. Due to the shift in society away from traditional marriages, California residents may not be aware that the perpetrators of such abuse is more likely to be an unmarried partner.

Recently, researchers in one state sought information concerning the statistics related to domestic violence from a metropolitan police agency. According to those statistics, it appears that an estimated 18 percent of the numbers of reports related to domestic abuse involved married partners. The vast majority of victims were comprised of both former girlfriends and boyfriends. Both sexes are at risk from being abused by either a current or former intimate partner.

Those who are currently involved in an unmarried relationship were more inclined to commit acts of violence against their partner. Furthermore, they are also more likely to be arrested for those actions. Surprisingly, reports also indicate that former partners -- and not spouses -- were the ones to more frequently violate restraining orders and engage in stalking behaviors toward their former boyfriend or girlfriend.

Researchers used data that was compiled in 2013 and included approximately 31,200 reports of domestic violence. The federal Violence Against Women Act, which is intended to help protect domestic assault victims, is currently up for renewal, and the authors of the report are hoping that congressional members will keep in mind that not only are families changing but so are the victims of non-traditional relationship violence. California residents who have been harmed by an intimate partner may seek information regarding how to protect themselves and their loved ones by consulting with a compassionate and knowledgeable family law attorney.

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