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                                   Domestic Violence Awareness Should Be Year-Round Notes
                                   Fairfax Attorney
                                   Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 16, 2012 – October was National Domestic Violence Awareness
                                   Month, but awareness should be year-round.

                                   Even though most think of a "battered wife" or girlfriend when they think of domestic violence, both men and
                                   women, and both same-sex and opposite-sex relationships, can experience domestic violence. And while
                                   domestic violence awareness continues to grow in the U.S., the numbers do not seem to be dropping.

                                   The National Centers for Disease Control has reported that some 40 percent of physical domestic violence is
                                   against men, and 50 percent of assaults that involve deadly weapons are against men. According to the National
                                   Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one woman out of four will experience domestic violence at some point in
                                   her life; at least 1.3 million women experience violence every year.

                                   "While October is behind us, domestic violence is a daily concern," says Lisa McDevitt, Fairfax divorce lawyer.
                                   "Anyone who experiences domestic violence, regardless of their gender or the gender of their partner, should
                                   speak up."

                                   If an individual is considering divorce, they may wish to take the following steps for protection and to
                                   ensure domestic violence is not downplayed during divorce proceedings:

                                   Speak Up

                                   Domestic violence can include emotional and verbal behavior, as well as physical assaults. Individuals can
                                   report domestic violence to law enforcement and also inform their divorce attorney of any behavior that should
                                   be noted. Other sources for support include local mental health departments, which may provide attorney
                                   referrals, counseling, and help locating low-cost or free housing.

                                   Get Help

                                   There may be mental health issues at play: it may be prudent to work with an attorney to request a psychological
                                   evaluation for the spouse. Additionally, it is not suggested at this time that both parties attend joint or family
                                   counseling. Those settings can be helpful at other times, but when someone is being victimized, the first step
                                   should be protection and identification of issues.

                                   Get Children Help

                                   An attorney may request a custody evaluation for any children, particularly if there is a custody dispute or
                                   potential dispute. Have the evaluation done by someone trained in domestic violence evaluations and treatment.
                                   Request that each child and each parent is evaluated, as well as the relationship between each child and parent.

                                   Lisa Lane McDevitt
                                   2155 Bonaventure Drive
                                   Vienna, VA 22181
                                   Phone: 571-223-7642
                                   Toll Free: 866-602-7850




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