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Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a serious topic. While many people have an idea about what qualifies as domestic violence, many victims do not realize that they suffer domestic violence because it does not match their idea of domestic violence. In reality, domestic takes many different forms, from threats to actions.


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Navarro Law, P.L.C.

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3 years in practice
Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence, DUI Law
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Law Offices of Shana E. Thompson

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24 years in practice
Alimony, Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce & Family Law, Divorce Law
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The Carreras Law Group, P.C.

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22 years in practice
Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence
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Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg

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45 years in practice
Criminal Defense, Divorce & Family Law, Domestic Violence, DUI Law
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The Law Offices of Michael Mullen

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18 years in practice
Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence, DUI Law
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Krizman Law

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7 years in practice
Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence, DUI Law
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A Range of Harms

According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, domestic violence is any action that is used by one member of a relationship to gain or maintain power and control over their partner. Domestic violence can take the form of economic, emotional, physical, psychological, sexual, or technological manipulation. Most commonly, domestic violence is either physical, emotional, or sexual, with overlap between the categories.

Physical Violence

The type of domestic violence that people most commonly think of, physical violence is any unwanted touching with a body part, weapon, or thrown object. Depending on the nature of the physical violence, physical domestic violence may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. If physical domestic violence has occurred before, or if a weapon has been used, the physical domestic violence incident is more likely to be charged as a felony.

Emotional Violence

Emotional domestic violence refers to any kind of mental manipulation performed by one partner to maintain control over another. One example of emotional domestic violence includes gaslighting the partner.

Gaslighting is a form of emotional manipulation that causes the partner to undermine their own thoughts or feelings. While emotional domestic violence is not always a crime, it can serve to severely damage the partner’s sense of self and identity.

Sexual Violence

Sexual violence is one of the most traumatizing forms of domestic violence. Despite the common misconception that two people in a sexual relationship cannot sexually assault one another, sexual domestic violence can occur between any two people, including people in a sexual relationship.

Sexual domestic violence refers to any coercion, physical force, or psychological manipulation that results in one partner committing a sexual act that they are not comfortable with or do not consent to. Sexual domestic violence can be charged as the crime of sexual assault, but it can be difficult to prevail in those charges.

Helping You Find Justice

If you are seeking a divorce after one or more incidents of domestic violence, you will need the help of an experienced Family Law attorney. A Family Law attorney will be able to not only represent your interests in the divorce but also serve your spouse and petition for a temporary restraining order on your behalf.

In order to achieve this best outcome, however, you will need an attorney who has the expertise and resources to take your case all the way. That’s why you should contact Attorney at Law. By partnering with AAL, you will be able to avoid slogging through the quagmire of unscrupulous lawyers looking to exploit your case.

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Domestic Violence Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is domestic violence?

The U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Office on Violence Against Women defines domestic violence as “a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.” The DOJ states that domestic violence can be economic, emotional, physical, psychological, sexual, or technological and can consist of actions or threats.

The most commonly thought of example of domestic violence is physical violence, also sometimes called domestic battery. While domestic battery is the primary example, many different types of domestic violence are recognized by law, and all of them are illegal.

2. Is domestic violence a felony?

Domestic violence can be filed as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on several factors. In most states, a first-time offense of domestic violence is classified as a misdemeanor. However, if the individual was pregnant, a weapon was used, or there have been multiple arrests or convictions for domestic violence, the charges can be escalated to a felony. 

3. Can domestic violence charges be dropped?

Whether or not domestic violence charges are dropped depends on the victim of the alleged violence. The victim themselves does not actually control when charges can be dropped. If they choose to press charges, the case is taken by the State. Once charges are brought, the most a victim can do is refuse to testify.

While refusal to testify may make the charges difficult to prove, they are not exculpatory in themselves. Instead, the prosecution could call officers who came to the scene, material witnesses, and may even compel the victim to testify if they already gave a deposition.

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