Unemployment and Domestic Violence

dv ribbon.jpgIt is pretty well known that the recession hurts people in their wallets, but what about their relationships? In an article titled, “Marriage Economy, I Couldn’t Afford To Get Divorced,” on www.npr.org, the author discusses unemployment and it’s effects on domestic violence.

Specifically, the article states, “Philip Cohen, as sociologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, says that multiple studies have found that the marital distress that comes from money problems and feeling trapped is strongly associated with an increased risk of domestic violence.” “One study, for example, looked at women who showed up in hospital emergency rooms for injuries that were both intentional and non-intentional.” “When you compare the women who were injured intentionally and women who were treated for other conditions in the emergency departments, they found that those who were injured intentionally were more likely to have experienced recent unemployment in their families.”

As a Jacksonville Family Law Lawyer I often see the correlation between money troubles and domestic violence. If you find yourself or someone you know in the unfortunate position of being a victim of domestic violence contact a Jacksonville Family Law Lawyer today to schedule a free consultation.

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