Mudcat Café message #516338 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #37057   Message #516338
Posted By: katlaughing
27-Jul-01 - 06:15 PM
Thread Name: Suspect Physical Abuse--What to do?
Subject: RE: Suspect Physical Abuse--What to do?
It's true the profession can be a deterrent to reporting. My best friend was married to a respected attorney who mentally and emotionally abused her and their children. He was such a likeable person in public that no one would have believed her. As it was, she should have gone out of town for a divorce attorney and did finally wind up having her brother co-counsel with her in-town attorney because no one wanted to be on her side in the divorce. Even then, he wound up with everything except half of the time with the kids.

In my research I found it is sometimes much harder for a woman from a professional background or a woman from the middle to upper class to seek help as there is a public perception that abuse only happens in lower classes. She may have a very hard time believing it herself, let alone those she and her abuser mingle with on a social level. However, abuse knows no boundaries.

Good luck.