No matter the situation, spousal abuse is a terrible thing to live through. However, at the Law Office of Roland R. Esparza, P.C., we understand that domestic violence in a military marriage can be particularly complex. You and other Texas residents who are going through this challenge should know that you are not alone.
Domestic violence among enlisted members differs in numerous ways from situations involving civilian marriages. For example, your spouse has been trained to use deadly weapons and understands combat situations. He or she may have access to firearms and other weapons, as well. Also, those in the armed forces experience a great deal of stress, ranging from frequent moves to deployment and experiencing battle situations. It may come as no surprise that a predisposition to abuse can be exacerbated by these stressors in a military relationship.
You may be hesitant to leave your spouse or to report the abuse to his or her superiors, for reasons that may be different from those of civilian victims. You could fear the immediate, possibly violent repercussions of standing up for yourself. You may worry that your spouse would be unable to pay alimony or child support if he or she is discharged from the military for domestic violence. You might also be afraid that the authorities will not take you seriously. However, as the American Bar Association explains, the military has resources to assist the spouses and children of abusive enlisted members.
Our page on military divorce explains more about the complex issues that families in the armed services can face.