Domestic violence and abuse are problems experienced by many couples and families in the United States. As a matter of fact, approximately 10 million people suffer through domestic abuse situations every year. On average, 20 people per minute are physically abused. These statistics are much too high.
Definition: Domestic violence refers to violent acts committed by a family or household member against another. Child abuse or the mistreatment of one’s spouse are included.
Examples of domestic violence include:
- Willful intimidation
- Physical assault
- Sexual assault
- Abusive behavior
- Emotional abuse
- Financial abuse
- Psychological abuse
Causes: Repeated acts of violence typically display patterns of power and control by one person against another, but the frequencies and severities of each case vary drastically.
Getting Help: There are numerous resources available to victims, but you can start by getting help at the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
Consequences: As with any criminal allegation, domestic violence charges can have long-term, far-reaching consequences that can critically impact your future. In Denton, the consequences of a domestic violence charge or conviction can include court-mandated protective orders, large fines and legal fees, time in prison, and restriction from owning a gun. Protective orders can last between 90 days and 2 years.
Even if your accuser has recanted their claims, a prosecuting attorney can still proceed with your case. It is vital to seek the help of a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. If you or a loved one are experiencing the emotional and physical assaults of domestic abuse, then you will want an experienced legal entity to represent you in your case. Call the Law Offices of Tim Powers today.