According to one district attorney, people often have a hard time getting out of relationships in which domestic violence is present. For example, he told the story of a fashion designer who was rising in the industry. She was just 33 years old. Her boyfriend, who was not employed and who used drugs, had her in an abusive relationship. On top of that, he was spending her money and cheating on her.
The woman tried to leave the relationship, but she was not able to get out. It is not entirely clear what sort of hold the man had over her. Often, the physicality of the relationship makes those who suffer from abuse feel afraid to leave; other times, they are emotionally tied to the relationship, even though they know it is not good for them.
As a result of domestic violence cases like this, the DA has announced that a center has been started to give women access to the support structure that they need. Not only will it connect them with other people, but it will help them figure out how to get out of the relationship. It will provide them with the tools needed to really do it, once and for all. This is the best way that the DA thinks people can help those who feel trapped in their relationships, whether they are just dating or they are married, because law enforcement agencies are not always able to handle this type of crime alone. In fact, the crime may not even be noticed by the general public or the law enforcement agencies, rendering it all but invisible. The center will help to draw attention to it.
Anyone in Nebraska who is in an abusive relationship and who is not sure what to do should know about all of his or her rights and legal options. They should also know where to turn when they need assistance and support so that they can see that they are not alone.
Source: Source: CBS News, “Manhattan DA: Domestic violence often an invisible crime,” Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.