Doctors in Massachusetts are sometimes able to spot unusual broken bone patterns and identify possible instances of child abuse. A new study suggests the same concept may be applied to help ID signs of domestic violence in adult patients. This information is important because there are sometimes situations where abuse victims visit a doctor for treatment with a credible story to explain an injury that doesn't immediately raise red flags.
During child custody cases, family courts in Massachusetts take allegations of domestic violence very seriously. They do not want to put a child in a dangerous situation. Courts will consider several factors when there are allegations of domestic violence, including the frequency and severity of the acts of violence, whether the accused person currently poses a danger to the other parent or child and whether there are criminal charges pending against the accused.
Domestic abuse is a serious offense. If you are experiencing violence at home, you have a legal right to protection. You may be able to get a restraining order—known as an abuse prevention order—to protect you and/or your children.