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The aftermath of domestic violence can take its toll

Singer Charlie Rich may have said it best with the lyrics, "No one knows what goes on behind closed doors" in the 1973 song "Behind Closed Doors." Victims of domestic violence would probably agree with this sentiment since families here in California or elsewhere in which such abuse takes place often hide it from the world as much as they can. When it finally comes out and the victims get away, most people pay attention for a short while, but then go back to their lives without considering the aftermath.

Domestic violence is about far more than just physical wounds, which often heal. It is about psychological recovery as well. Victims should have access to the help they need in order to heal their minds and souls. Moving on after experiencing such trauma is not easy. Co-workers, friends and even family members may not truly understand the toll the situation took on the victim.

Another aspect of such a situation is the monetary losses. Research indicates that domestic violence ends up costing women up to around $100,000 when all factors are accounted for such as missed time from work, medical expenses and time spent in criminal and civil courts. Men who are victims of domestic violence tend to fare better monetarily since estimates of their financial losses only reach around $23,000.

In either case, there is significant backlash for victims of domestic violence. California residents in this situation may be able to recover some of those monetary losses in family court. It may be possible to receive court orders that require the abuser to cover certain financial needs of the victim not only now, but in the future as well. In order to gain an understanding of his or her rights and legal options, a victim may benefit from discussing the matter with a family law attorney.

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