Understanding domestic violence and its consequences

Domestic violence accusations can have far-reaching consequences. Families, as well as those accused of family violence, may be significantly impacted by family, or domestic, violence. Because of the seriousness of domestic violence accusations, it can be important to understand what domestic violence is and what options those accused of domestic violence may have when facing domestic violence accusations and charges.

Domestic violence can fall into one of several categories. Generally, the four broad categories of domestic violence include physical violence, sexual violence, emotional or psychological violence and economic violence. Domestic violence can also include stalking and intimidation and some other types of harmful behaviors.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), one in four men and one in three women has experienced physical violence in an intimate partner relationship. Additionally, domestic violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crimes. The NCADV also reports that domestic violence is a systematic pattern of one intimate partner exercising control and power over another.

Domestic violence accusations can have a significant impact on anyone accused of committing a domestic violence crime. In addition, domestic violence charges, or a conviction for domestic violence, can result in serious penalties and consequences for the accused party.

Domestic violence situations and accusations can be complicated. Because of this, it is important to be familiar with the legal process concerning domestic violence and knowledgeable of the defense strategies available to those accused of domestic violence, keeping in mind that each accused individual has a right to defend against the charges they are facing.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence," Accessed Nov. 19, 2014

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