NFL domestic violence scandal puts focus on a common tragedy

The issue of domestic violence has filled news headlines recently, with professional football players inspiring much of the discussion. Many players in the National Football League have been accused of spousal abuse over the years, but few cases have been as public or as shocking as the one involving Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens. Security video from a casino elevator shows Rice punching his fiancé and knocking her unconscious. He can then be seen dragging her out of the elevator.

An equally controversial case involves Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson, who was recently indicted on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child for punishing his 4-year-old son with a switch. The bruises, welts and cuts left by the beating prompted the boy’s mother to take him to a doctor.

These are high-profile cases, but sadly, they are not unique. Rather, they draw attention to the common problem of family violence; a problem that is rarely discussed publicly due to the uncomfortable nature of the topic.

At Stange Law Firm, PC, we understand the devastating consequences of domestic violence, as well as how it impacts divorce and child custody cases. When we represent victims of domestic violence and spousal abuse, we are prepared to strongly advocate on behalf of our clients and help them through difficult challenges such as facing their abuser in court. We are also ready to keep our clients safe by helping them obtain protective orders (sometimes called restraining orders).

Conversely, our attorneys understand that family law disputes sometimes involve false allegations of domestic violence. This is usually a tactic used by one spouse to unduly influence a child custody ruling or divorce settlement. If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, we may be able to help clear your name.

Family violence is a major topic of discussion in the news right now. But it was a major issue before all the media attention and will still be a major issue even after it fades from the headlines. If you’d like to learn more about how domestic violence allegations could affect your family law case, please visit the domestic abuse page on our website.

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