Marital problems are something that plagues every relationship between husband and wife. However, in serious cases where people do not understand or try to control their emotions, domestic violence can become a problem that puts the safety of victims in harm's way. While many people in Florida suffer silently from this pervasive problem, there may be confidants of the perpetrator that are aware of the ongoing abuse, but do nothing to stop it out of fear, denial or deliberate ignorance.
In a recent case that has taken the nation by storm, the football coaching staff at Ohio State University is under intense pressure as allegations of domestic violence against one of the members has been actively publicized. It began when a coaching assistant was fired after his ex-wife was successful in securing a protection order against him in an Ohio court. Shortly after, she came forward with allegations that he had been physically abusive to her as early as 2015. She claimed that when the initial abuse occurred, she had informed the head coach's wife of what was happening. The coach's wife indicated that she had shared the information with her husband, but nothing was done following this alleged communication and the assistant continued coaching.
Currently, the head coach is being riddled by supporters of the victim to step down and relinquish his position as head coach. While his future remains uncertain with the school, he is currently on leave while the school and local authorities investigate the incident.
If people are embroiled in a divorce and are concerned about their safety in regards to their former spouse, they may be facing a significant uphill battle. An attorney can potentially help to diffuse the situation by providing alternative methods to working through the divorce in a manner that is effective and efficient without compromising a person's safety.
Source: CBS News, "Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer placed on leave amid claims he knew of abuse," Aug. 2, 2018