For those who suffered domestic violence and physical abuse, finding proof may not be that hard. Bruises and lacerations could tell the whole story. Phone calls and medical records could back it up. However, what about people who suffer emotional abuse, financial abuse, psychological abuse, or something else that doesn’t show up on the skin?
There are a few tactics, and one involves visiting a professional. A therapist can make a diagnosis to show that you’re suffering the impact of the abuse. With that in hand, you have far more than just your word. You have a medical professional saying you’re telling the truth.
It’s also important to think about witness testimonies. Remember that a witness shouldn’t just repeat what you’ve told him or her. However, a friend or family member who watched the abuse take place can be very helpful.
Finally, think about any records that you have. This could start with video footage if you have a security camera in your home. Was anything caught on tape that could back up what you’re saying?
Even without a camera, you can take notes stating when something happened and what occurred. While this is technically still just your account, it makes everything you say more believable if you show up in court with a written record of everything that has been happening for months, complete with dates. It also helps to ensure that you don’t forget anything.
People in these situations often feel like they are on their own. If you’ve been feeling this way, it’s very important to know that you can have proof on your side, and you must know how to get it into court in Arizona.
Source: Domestic Shelters, “How to Prove Nonphysical Abuse in Court,” accessed March 04, 2016