Focus on Domestic Violence and Abuse, Animal Cruelty as Domestic Violence, and Cluster B Personality Disorders – Controlling and Threatening Personalities, Bullies, Liars, Narcissists . . .

This past week the Washington State Supreme Court held that animal cruelty can constitute domestic violence, see animal cruelty can qualify as domestic violence, Washington State Supreme Court:

Seven types of abuse (click on the below link for detail):

Physical Abuse (including intimidation)

Mental Abuse (including anxiety, threats, and lying)

Verbal Abuse (including intimidation, browbeating, blame, and personal attacks)

Emotional Abuse (including insecurity, anger/fear, duress, coercion, and hostility)

Financial Abuse (including secrecy, forbidden access, control, possession, and dependency)

Sexual Abuse

Spiritual Abuse

These are starting points for discussion.

Cluster B personality disorders (click on the below link for detail):

Antisocial personality disorders include but are not limited to:

  • manipulative or deceitful behavior for personal gain, such as lying or assuming false identities
  • repeated antisocial actions, such as harassment or theft
  • impulsive behavior, which might lead to frequent job or relationship changes
  • irresponsible actions, which can affect occupational, social, and financial aspects of life, for example
  • disregard for personal safety or the safety of others, such as speeding, driving while intoxicated, or neglecting a child
  • irritable or aggressive behavior, which can include physical fights

In memory of my dearest sister Deb – it has been 5+ months, and we are still working through this, but a lot more is known – Deb died on September 12, 2021 (or was found dead on that date) – below is a link to my October 20, 2021, post discussing what was known at that time. A lot has happened, and a lot more is known since that time – for example, although husband would not provide me with a copy of Deb’s supposed note, the Sheriff’s report which I now have contains the wording (but not a copy – just the wording – thus, the supposed note cannot be authenticated – and I will be posting the wording – the supposed note isn’t the narrative that it was represented to be), I also have a copy of the medical examiner’s report (and toxicology report), I know the narrative that husband told the Sheriff (pursuant to the Sheriff’s report), I have spoken with several of Deb’s life-long friends, family and relatives, husband stopped responding to me on September 22 (just 10 days after Deb’s body was found, and when I requested that he provide me with a copy of what he told me was Deb’s last text to him at 5:37 pm on September 11), and there have been at least several other important events and developments since Deb’s body was found. Thus, here is a link to my October 20 post, but the post will be updated with additional information:

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Best to you,

David Tate, Esq. (and inactive CPA)

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Remember, every case and situation is different. It is important to obtain and evaluate all of the evidence that is available, and to apply that evidence to the applicable standards and laws. You do need to consult with an attorney and other professionals about your particular situation. This post is not a solicitation for legal or other services inside of or outside of California, and, of course, this post only is a summary of information that changes from time to time, and does not apply to any particular situation or to your specific situation. So . . . you cannot rely on this post for your situation or as legal or other professional advice or representation.

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