Domestic Violence and Divorce

gafl.jpgAs a Jacksonville Family Law Lawyer, I am well versed in the issues of Domestic Violence and its effects on Jacksonville families. Domestic Violence seems to pop up in nearly 50% of my cases; whether the case be one of divorce, paternity, termination of parental rights or modification. The possibility of domestic violence being an issue is always on my mind.

I can’t help but wonder with this weekends BIG GAME and the large amount of “cocktails” flowing, would Jacksonville domestic violence and or alcohol related crime rates experience an increase. With this question on my mind I decided to look into the relationship between alcohol and domestic violence.

I stumbled upon the Stop Violence Against Women website and read a page titled, “Myths About Alcohol and Domestic Violence.”

The page read, “The relationship between alcohol or other substance abuse and domestic violence is complicated. A prevailing myth about domestic violence is that alcohol and drugs are the major causes of domestic abuse. In reality, some abusers rely on substance use (and abuse) as an excuse for becoming violent. Alcohol allows the abuser to justify his abusive behavior as a result of the alcohol. While an abuser’s use of alcohol may have an effect on the severity of the abuse or the ease with which the abuser can justify his actions, an abuser does not become violent “because” drinking causes him to lose control of his temper.”

I also stumbled upon some figures which do suggest that there is a correlation between alcohol abuse and domestic violence. For example, researchers have found that one fourth to on half of men who commit acts of domestic violence also have substance abuse problems. Also, the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse found that as many as 80 percent of child abuse cases are associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs.

If over this weekend or any time you become a victim of domestic violence contact a knowledgable Jacksonville Family Law Lawyer or a Jacksonville Personal Injury Lawyer. Also, should you be charged with an alcohol related crime contact a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer.

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