A defendant may be charged with domestic violence if he or she inflicts physical harm on a member of his or her family. Domestic violence is also often called “spousal abuse” when a spouse is the victim. This crime generally involves repeated instances of physical or mental abuse that creates a cycle of abuse.
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Types of Domestic Violence
Domestic violence can take many forms:
- Physical abuse: physical violence may include direct physical violence, such as battery or rape, or indirect physical violence, such as throwing objects or striking objects near the victim.
- Emotional abuse: also called psychological or mental abuse, emotional abuse includes humiliation and control of the victim. This can range from verbal insults to isolation and blackmail.
- Sexual abuse: sexual abuse involves unwanted sexual contact, possibly through the use or threat of physical force, whether or not the act is completed.
- Economic abuse: economic abuse is the strict control of communal resources. It may also include restricting the victim from finding employment or education.
These forms of abuse are often intertwined. Certain jurisdictions may list each type or instance of abuse as a separate charge; others may simply list one charge.
Domestic Violence Sentences
The length of sentence for a domestic violence may depend upon the state or jurisdiction where the offense occurred, how long of time the abuse occurred, and the amount of physical or emotional harm done. A criminal lawyer in your area can tell you more about the possible penalties that domestic violence charges may bring.
Discuss Domestic Violence Charges with a Criminal Lawyer
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The above summary of domestic violence is by no means all-inclusive and is not legal advice. Laws may have changed since our last update. For the latest information on domestic violence laws and penalties, speak to a criminal defense attorney in your area.