Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Friends & Family Support

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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, recognized as a national effort to promote awareness and prevention of domestic violence. Too many women have suffered and continue to suffer in silence at the hands of their domestic partner without knowing and/or understanding their legal rights to protect themselves. There are numerous steps a person and/or family may take from a legal perspective to ensure their family’s safety.

Womenslaw.org provides detailed information and advice on how to deal with an abusive situation, even if you are not the person being abused. It is difficult as a family member, friend or co-worker to witness any pain and suffering experienced by a loved one. If you suspect that a close relative or friend is being abused, according to womenslaw.org, here are some tips on how to handle it for a positive and supportive outcome.

How Can You Help?

What You Can Do?

Why is all of this necessary?

Many of us have witnessed and/or heard stories from a friend, family or co-worker detailing some form of abuse. Whether she downplays the act, or is genuinely reaching out to you for assistance, it is imperative to understand how you can effectively assist them in obtaining the help and services available to remove them from this horrible situation. It is never easy to witness someone you love and care about go through domestic violence issues, however, if you are equipped with the correct knowledge on how to deal with it, you will be a great assistant and supporter in getting them out of that situation.

Please visit www.womenslaw.org for additional information.

Rashida Maples, Esq. is Founder and Managing Partner of J. Maples & Associates (www.jmaplesandassociates.com). She has practiced Entertainment, Real Estate and Small Business Law for 9 years, handling both transactional and litigation matters. Her clients include R&B Artists Bilal and Olivia, NFL Superstar Ray Lewis, Fashion Powerhouse Harlem’s Fashion Row and Hirschfeld Properties, LLC.

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