Domestic Violence Attorney

Many people find themselves wondering what the difference is between domestic violence and domestic assault. In most cases, domestic assault eventually leads domestic violence and it’s normally categorized as more emotional. 

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What is Domestic Violence?

It’s when someone induces the fear of violence and there is more mental abuse involved than there is physical.

If you’ve been charged with domestic violence, the case is taken seriously.

If you have been charged with either domestic violence or assault, you should seek a domestic violence lawyer immediately. 

Only a seasoned attorney can aid in navigating the charges, establishing a defense, and helping the accused understand the ramifications of what they are charged with.

What Are the Types of Domestic Violence?

There are several types of domestic violence that you can be charged with, including:
  • Physical Abuse: This is the most recognizable form of domestic violence as it involves the use of force which causes injury.
  • Emotional Abuse: This comes in the form of destructing a victim’s self-worth by insults, humiliation, or criticism. Emotional and psychological abuse are often the first accusations made in domestic cases.
  • Sexual Abuse: Sexual abuse is one of the most severe forms of domestic violence one can be accused of and can consist of many aspects, including unwanted touching, demeaning behaviors and rape. 
  • Financial Abuse: Financial abuse is another allegation one may find themselves facing in domestic assault situations.
  • Psychological Abuse: This is similar to emotional abuse but is also the catchall term for intimidating, threatening, or fear-causing behavior.

How is domestic abuse between intimate partners defined?

Domestic abuse between spouses or intimate partners is when one individual in a marital or intimate relationship tries to control the other person.

The perpetrator uses fear and intimidation and may very well threaten to use or could possibly actually use physical violence. Domestic abuse that includes physical violence is called Domestic Violence.

The victim of domestic abuse or Domestic Violence may be a male or a female. Domestic abuse occurs in traditional heterosexual marriages, as well as in same-sex partnerships.

The abuse may occur during a relationship, while the couple is breaking up, or after the relationship has ended. Domestic abuse often escalates from threats and verbal abuse to physical violence. Family Violence may even end up in murder.


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