Domestic Violence is the abusive behavior of one person in a relationship that is used to intimidate or gain power over another person living in the same home. This kind of violence commonly occurs between intimate partners or other family members.
Initially domestic violence was defined as the abuse and violence inflicted on women by their husbands within the confines of marriage. Modern domestic violence laws now recognize that these kinds of crimes are committed by both men and women and outside of marital relationships. The laws concerning domestic violence have broadened to protect any persons who reside in the same household: siblings, roommates, and cohabiting couples.
In these kinds of cases the actions of the abuser are meant to threaten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, shame or injure the victim. The violence can manifest in any number of ways:
- Physical Abuse – shoving, pushing, grabbing, hitting or any other action that would cause bodily injury
- Emotional Abuse – demeaning behavior used to destroy a person’s self-esteem or sense of self-worth, which can come in the form, of criticism, constant name-calling, denigrating an individual’s abilities or purposefully undermining a person’s relationship with his or her children.
- Sexual Abuse – occurs when one person coerces the other to have sexual interactions with the other. Raping, forcing a partner to have sex after physical abuse, or the maiming of sexual parts of the body are all examples.
- Economic Abuse – controlling another person by maintaining complete control of all financial resources thereby limiting their options and ability to leave the abusive relationship
- Psychological Abuse – creating a sense of fear, helplessness, and/or isolation. Intimidating a person or threatening to hurt children or other loved ones also common.
A victim of domestic violence can petition the court for an emergency restraining order to be protected from further abuse. This temporary order prohibits the abuser from having any contact with a victim for a specified period. During this time, the abused party can apply for a “protective order” or “domestic violence restraining order” from the court which has a longer lasting effect.
Domestic violence cases can be emotionally charged. Let us help you handle the pressure and anxiety that are inevitable parts of this legal process. At Haley, Law Firm, LLC we are committed to offering considerate and dedicated help to those affected by domestic violence. Call today for your free consultation and find out how we can assist you. We are on your side.