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Domestic violence: What is it, and who can be charged?

| Feb 17, 2021 | Criminal Defense |

Domestic violence is against the law and can lead to serious penalties. Despite the fact that domestic violence is a common problem, however, not everyone understands what kinds of actions may be considered domestic violence and when someone may turn to the law for support.

For example, a common issue in the home is using corporal punishment as a manner of correcting a child’s behavior. While in the past this was relatively common, spanking or slapping a child may now lead to domestic violence charges in some cases. Using physical discipline can quickly lead to the loss of custody, too.

Another issue could arise if one partner slaps the other. While a single slap isn’t showing a pattern of violence, any kind of hitting can result in a domestic violence claim. It’s also wise to remember that domestic violence does not have to be physical. It can be emotional violence, too. That means that behaviors that make other people fear for their lives or safety could also be used against you in court.

What kinds of behaviors are included in the concept of domestic violence?

Some common behaviors that may be used to accuse someone of violence in the home include:

  • Slapping
  • Punching
  • Pulling hair
  • Pinching
  • Biting
  • Hitting
  • Withholding medications
  • Controlling the shared finances
  • Threatening behaviors

Both men and women can experience domestic violence and be accused of it. In the majority of cases, men are the ones causing injuries to women, but that does not mean that a man’s claim of domestic violence won’t be taken seriously. Whether you are male or female, you have to take accusations of violence seriously and work with an experienced defense attorney to protect your rights.