Victims of domestic violence often turn to the court system for justice and safety. But sometimes that system — the quintessential symbol of fairness — is weaponized by abusers.
Victims, service providers, lawyers, cops and policy advocates described to Greenwich Time how domestic violence offenders may use the legal system as a new arm with which to manipulate and control their victims.
“Legal abuse is any time the abuser uses or misuses the legal system to revictimize their partner,” said Meredith Gold, director of Domestic Abuse Services for the YWCA Greenwich. “It can be through threatening, harassment or intimidation.” [Read Full Article]