Domestic Violence Warning Signs to Watch Out For

Do you have an inkling that a loved one is suffering some sort of abuse? Here are a few domestic warning signs to keep in mind.

Domestic Warning Signs: Physical Signs

This is what most people think of when they hear the term domestic violence. Sometimes these signs are obvious to spot, other times they’re a bit more subtle. 

A few things to look for include:

  • Bruises on arms or legs
  • Swollen or busted lips
  • Black eyes
  • Hurt wrists
  • Marks on the person’s neck

Keep in mind that many times the victim will try to cover these injuries up. For example, they wear sunglasses even when they’re inside or it’s a cloudy day outside. Perhaps they’re wearing excessive clothing even though it’s hot outside.

Even if you don’t see any of these signs, there are others to watch out for.

Domestic Warning Signs: Emotional Signs

Not all domestic violence situations become physical. But you can almost always see some sort of emotional impact on the victim. 

Here are some things to watch out for:

  • Sleep habits change. Sometimes the victim will just want to sleep all the time, or complain about not getting enough sleep. 
  • Excessive substance use, such as drugs or alcohol
  • Lower interest in daily activities such as work or social events
  • Constant anxiety 
  • Easily agitated
  • Lowered self-esteem, leading to being overly apologetic or acting meek

In a domestic violence situation, the abuser is trying to lift themself up and feel better by breaking down the victim. Whether it’s done verbally or physically, the end result is often the same. The victim experiences a roller coaster of emotions and it’s hard for them to cope. This leads to some of the warning signs above.

Domestic Abuse Warning Signs: The Abuser

So far we’ve mainly talked about what you may see happen to the victim. But another way to spot domestic abuse is by looking for certain behaviors in the abuser. 

At a high level, remember that domestic abuse is about control. The abuser is expressing dominance over the victim, and it can show up a lot of different ways. 

Jealousy – Does it seem like one partner tends to get overly jealous? This shows insecurity on their part, a common trait of abusers. 

Quick temper – Is one partner always setting off the temper of the other, even with minor things? 

Cruelty to kids or animals – Remember that the abuser wants control. Since kids and animals are more easily controlled than adults, abusers often show dominance by being cruel to those weaker than themselves. 

Controlling the victim – Does one partner always have a say in what the other victim wears, says or does? That’s not normal, and is a common sign there’s a domestic abuse issue going on.

Demeaning toward the victim – Some abusers will regularly tear down their partner. They may not necessarily have a bad temper while doing so, but the constant verbal abuse is not normal and is a bad sign. 

Domestic abuse warning signs aren’t always able to be seen. Sometimes the victim covers things up, or justifies the abuser’s behavior. But if you or someone you love is involved in a domestic violence situation, give us a call at 714.456.9118. We’ll help you through it.

Should You Get an LLC for Your Business?

Should you get an LLC for your business? Well, that depends. Here are a few things to think about as you explore your options. 

Reason #1 to Get an LLC: Legal Protection

The main reason why businesses choose to file for an LLC is for legal protection. In the law’s eyes, an LLC is a separate entity from you. That means if something happens and your business gets sued, you are protected from losing personal assets. 

To illustrate, consider two examples. 

Bob is running a small business as a plumber. He decides against setting up an LLC because he doesn’t want to deal with the paperwork and fees required. One day he accidentally leaves a pipe cutter at a client’s house, and their three year old cuts himself with it. The hospital gets him patched up, but now Bob faces a big lawsuit and loses everything including his personal house, car, mutual funds, etc. 

Jack also runs a plumbing company, but doesn’t want to risk his personal assets. He sets up an LLC to give him legal protection. A similar event happens, where his negligence on the job ends up in a lawsuit. His business is in trouble and loses its assets, but Jack’s personal belongings and bank accounts aren’t taken away. 

While this incident may not pertain to your business, keep in mind that accidents happen. Patrons of your restaurant may slip and fall. That widget you made might not have warnings on the label and get swallowed by a baby. Your software might have a huge loophole that lets in tons of viruses or hackers. 

If you feel like your business is relatively risk-free and you don’t need an LLC, that’s up to you. But you’re missing out on important protection that millions of business owners won’t go without. 

Reason #2 to Get an LLC: It’s Easier to Raise Money

Most businesses require some form of capital. They don’t handle everything with cash, because they can often leverage cash to make more money. 

For example, let’s say you only have $1,000 in the bank but you know if you spent $5,000 on materials and labor, you can make $10,000 worth of product. Will you let your $4,000 shortfall hold you back? Probably not, assuming you have access to credit. You’ll borrow cash now to make more money later.

It’s generally easier to raise money as an LLC versus a sole proprietor or partnership. The extra structure and corporate entity give banks and investors more confidence that your business is here to stay. 

Pass-through Federal Taxation on Profits

For some business entities, taxes can get a little messy and complicated. Not so with an LLC, as the company’s profits go straight to the members’ personal tax returns. This means it’s easier to file your company’s taxes, because they just ride along with your personal taxes. 

This also means if you suffer a loss, the taxes you personally owe the federal government goes down. That’s something we always like to hear, right? 

Is an LLC the right entity for every business? No, definitely not. Sometimes it makes more sense to file for a C Corporation or S Corporation. But in general, the people asking us about LLCs are business owners currently operating as sole proprietorships and partnerships. In that case, we definitely recommend considering an LLC for the reasons described above. 

To get the process stated, just send us an email at Info@voneschlaw.com. We look forward to working with you.