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Domestic violence cases in Maryland may resemble celebrity case

Maryland couples likely know that disagreements are very common in relationships. Unfortunately, in some cases, the disagreement can escalate beyond words to physical actions which can be violent and injurious. When a spouse or partner is abused or injured as a result, it is important that they seek help immediately. Domestic violence is perhaps one of the most difficult crimes to report, but these cases can be successfully navigated when the abused person is willing to come forward.

Recently, one reality television star has decided to do just that and came forward with domestic violence allegations against her husband. According to reports, Evelyn Lozada has also filed for divorce from her husband, athlete Chad Johnson, after he allegedly head-butted her during an argument. The two began arguing after Lozada apparently found unsettling information in their vehicle. After the incident, she reportedly ran to a neighbor's home and called 911. Johnson has stated that Lozada head-butted him.

Based on what officers observed when they arrived and after speaking to those involved, Johnson was arrested on domestic battery charges. Lozada was treated for lacerations to her head at a local hospital. There was no report of injuries to Johnson. The ramifications of this incident have been tough for Johnson as he now faces termination of contracts and other career setbacks. While it has not yet been proven that he was the guilty party, his reputation has already been marred, which shows how devastating domestic violence can be for everyone involved.

It is unfortunate when domestic violence enters the life of any couple. Beyond just the physical trauma, the emotional scars and fear can last a lifetime. In this case, Lozada likely did the right thing by calling 911 and seeking help, though the decision may have been very difficult for her. Maryland spouses or partners who have fallen victim to domestic violence may benefit from knowing their options. Help is available to them in the form of support and advocacy, and they do not have to shoulder the burden alone.

Source: ABC News, "Evelyn Lozada Files for Divorce From Chad Johnson," Kevin Dolak and Sydney Lupkin, Aug. 15, 2012

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