Domestic violence is a term we are all familiar with but it can be useful to have a discussion of what the term refers in the legal sense and what the consequences are for domestic violence charges. Domestic violence can impact any family including families and individuals in many different situations.
Domestic violence can take a variety of different forms so it is helpful to know what those are. Domestic violence can include physical violence; sexual abuse; emotional abuse; economic abuse; and psychological abuse. Domestic violence can also include threats, stalking and cyberstalking. The general definition of domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior used by one intimate partner to control another intimate partner. Domestic violence typically involves a pattern of abusive behavior that is used to establish and maintain control over the intimate partner.
Domestic violence can occur between intimate partners including spouses, intimate partners that are unmarried, family members, cohabitants and children. Domestic violence charges, like most violent crimes, are serious charges. Just as options are available for those experiencing domestic abuse, legal options are also available to individuals accused of domestic abuse. It is important for accused individuals to be familiar with their criminal defense rights to challenge the domestic violence accusations, allegations and charges against them.
The legal system provides resources for all parties involved in family violence and alleged family violence, including accused individuals. Taking the time to understand what is considered domestic violence and what to do when facing domestic violence charges is important for any accused individual and family impacted by domestic violence.