My Husband Yells at Me or My Wife Yells at Me: What is Domestic Abuse?


Many stories start with, “My wife yells at me” or “My husband yells at me.” Advocates for victims of family abuse in Florida and nationally routinely note that individuals suffering from harm often hesitate to report it owing to a sadly misplaced assumption. That is this: They think that help – protection and effective legal response — is not forthcoming in instances when fear links to a third party’s conduct that falls short of physical maltreatment.

Candidly, that is exactly the mindset that perpetrators anticipate and rely upon. Many households face inner turmoil and sometimes tragic outcomes because acts falling short of physical abuse are still violent in nature.

What is Domestic Abuse in Florida?

Choking, slaps to the face, sexual assault – all these types of abuse clearly qualify as acts of domestic violence. The nonprofit victims’ advocacy organization HelpGuide duly notes that a broad band of other behaviors are abusive as well, though. Victimization often links to conduct like this:

  • Verbal lashing seeking to elicit guilt, shame, or fear
  • Behavior that purposefully seeks to isolate a victim from others
  • Onerously exerted control over finances
  • Attempts to keep friends and loved ones at a distance
  • Threats involving children
  • Incessant personal monitoring (e.g., computer spying, phone checking, stalking)

The bottom line regarding domestic abuse is that it encompasses behavior far beyond acts of physical violence. Victims should be aware of that and feel reasonably empowered by knowing that relevant laws and processes exist to safeguard them and their loved ones against wrongful conduct.

Questions or concerns regarding family violence can be directed to a proven and empathetic family law legal team. Experienced Tampa domestic abuse attorneys will respond promptly and in a manner that diligently promotes the rights and interests of a violence victim.

Contact Our Experienced, Dedicated Divorce & Family Law Lawyers Today

As a dedicated family law practice in the Tampa Bay area, we work one on one with our clients, resulting in representation that is characterized by genuine care and understanding. If you are dealing with divorce or other family law issues, please contact at 813-223-7739  to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced family and divorce attorneys.