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Senate passes law aimed at protecting domestic violence victims

For those in violent or abusive marriages, the presence of weapons in the home can pose a serious danger. Louisiana lawmakers recently addressed this serious safety issue by presenting new gun control legislation aimed at protecting domestic violence victims. The legislation, which has been passed by the Senate and is now being reviewed by the House, would prevent people who have been targeted with a restraining order from obtaining a firearm. It also would increase the penalty for those who violate a protective order by possessing firearms.

Common misconceptions about domestic abuse

Domestic violence is often misunderstood by both those inside and outside of abusive relationships. Those facing abuse at home in Louisiana may struggle not only with the issue they are facing at home, but the many misconceptions held by those around them. Here are a few of the common myths about domestic violence.

Domestic abuse addressed among political staffers

Workplaces across the country are developing standards and protocol to deal with domestic violence and other issues. The White House is among these workplaces, as the chief of staff reportedly sent a memo addressing abuse allegations against a former staffer. Workplaces throughout the country, including those in Louisiana, often have to react to these kinds of issues both at work, in the public sphere and occasionally in the legal arena.

You shouldn't have to fear physical abuse in your own home

The tragic truth is that many Louisiana residents live in fear, and the danger comes from within their own homes. Your home should be the one place where you feel safe, but not everyone has that luxury. Instead, they suffer emotional and physical abuse from someone that should protect and love them.

Finding relief from physical abuse with a protective order

Not all relationships turn out the way a Louisiana couple imagines in the beginning. Your relationship may have failed to meet your expectations. You may have realized too late that your significant other has a temper that can turn into physical abuse. If that is the case, you may wonder how to seek a protective order and what it can do for you.

There is more to domestic violence than physical abuse

October was domestic violence awareness month. Even though the month has come to a close, this column would like to touch on the different types of domestic violence that may be present in any marriage or relationship. While most people in Louisiana may tend to think that domestic violence is all about physical abuse, this simply is not the case.

Putting an end to the marriage violence in your relationship

Many Louisiana residents think it could never happen to them, but it does happen in nearly 20 percent of all marriages across the country. Marriage violence takes many forms and crosses all income levels, and at some point, there are always physical and emotional components. Putting an end to the violence in these relationships often requires a particular kind of courage for which victims should be commended.

What a protective order does for you and how to get one

When you married, you probably trusted that your spouse would cherish you, take care of you and keep you free from harm. Unfortunately, at some point along the way, your spouse betrayed that trust and began harming you physically. Now, you look to Louisiana's legal system to protect you by seeking a protective order, but have questions about how to obtain one and how it works for you.

Ways to stop domestic abuse

Those who live in a relationship where there is domestic violence often feel trapped. In fact, it can seem that there is no way to stop the horror. Despite this fear, in Louisiana and all other states, there are a number of ways to deal with domestic abuse.

New bill could help domestic abuse victims in divorce filings

Sometimes relationships do not turn out the way both partners envisioned. When a person's spouse resorts to domestic abuse, victims may question whether they should leave the abusive partner. The legal complications involved can be emotionally difficult for victims who seek to divorce because of domestic abuse. However, a new bill that recently passed in the state's House of Representatives may simplify the process for those seeking a divorce in Louisiana if enacted into law.

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