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What is domestic violence?

This blog recently discussed the serious issue of domestic violence and the protections available for everyone involved in a family or domestic violence situation. It is important to understand what domestic violence is and the resources that are available to individuals involved in it or impacted by allegations of of the crime.

Domestic abuse can take a variety of forms, and it is imperative to be familiar with all of them. While it is the most common behavior associated with the term domestic violence, physical abuse is not the only type of domestic abuse. Additional domestic violence behaviors include sexual abuse, emotional abuse, economic abuse, threats, stalking and cyberstalking. There are many ways that domestic violence can take place and a variety of different people from different walks of life may be involved in family violence situations.

Individuals from any education level, socioeconomic background, age, race, gender, sexual orientation or religion can be involved in domestic violence situations. Domestic violence can specifically include spouses, intimate and sexual partners, dating partners, family members, children and cohabitants. Domestic violence can impact anyone and can be an emotional issue and significant concern for families and their communities. There are a variety of resources, including criminal defense resources, available to those accused of domestic violence and those facing domestic violence charges.

Although they can be challenging situations, it is important to keep in mind that individuals facing the weight of domestic violence accusations and charges have criminal defense options available to them. Anyone accused of a crime should be familiar with criminal defense protections available to them through the criminal justice process and realize that help is available for all parties impacted by family violence situations.

Source:, "What is Domestic Violence?" Accessed May 2, 2017

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