How doI prove mental and physical abuse?

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How doI prove mental and physical abuse?

He is careful not to leave any evidence.

Asked on August 21, 2011 South Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

There are several ways:

1) Testimony--you can testify yourself to the abuse, and the judge and/or jury will evaluate your credibility

2) Other witnesses--has anyone else seem the behavior?

3) Examinations by experts--often, even if there are no bruises or other external signs, there may be internal signs or symptoms of physical abuse. Also, while mental abuse does not leave overt scars, a therapist may be able to validate that it has happened.

4) Any admissions or correspondence by your abuser, in which he admitted to his actions.

You should speak with an attorney about what you hope to accomplish (e.g. divorce; pressing criminal charges; etc.) and the attorney can advise you as to the type(s) of evidence or experts which would be useful. Good luck.


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