03/12/2012 11:48 am ET Updated May 12, 2012

Domestic Abuse Cases In Upscale Communities Increase In Bad Economy

Judy didn't think she was in an abusive relationship.

Her husband didn't hit her and, to most outward appearances, the couple looked happy. Judy did everything she thought she should do: Make her husband meals; write him sweet notes. She closed her bank account and joined her assets with his. But inside the home, Judy faced verbal abuse.

"The abuse was quiet because I wasn't fighting against it, I just knew I didn't have any rights ... my self-esteem was very low and I felt very trapped," said Judy, who agreed to talk with Patch on the condition of anonymity.

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