This blog recently discussed what assault charges refer to. It can also be helpful to also understand what domestic assault charges refer to because they refer to a variety of different behaviors that may result in criminal charges and the potential penalties and consequences that go along with them.

Domestic abuse can refer to abuse that is physical, emotional, psychological, sexual or financial. Domestic abuse can impact families and communities and is a serious concern for both families and communities. There are a variety of resources available to help families involved in domestic abuse. As is true of any criminal charges, accused individuals always have criminal defense options and resources available to them. Physical violence is typically what most people think of when they think of domestic abuse. Physical violence includes the use of force such as punching, kicking, slapping, choking and other actions.

Emotional abuse can include humiliation, insults and criticism. Psychological abuse includes threats, intimidation and behaviors that causes fear. Sexual abuse refers to sexual assault and rape but also refers to harassment and other unwelcome or demeaning behaviors. Financial abuse can include a variety of specific behaviors so it is important to be familiar with all of the different types of abuse and what they look like.

It is also necessary to be aware of the legal resources that can help those accused of domestic assault. For those impacted by domestic abuse, options are available to assist everyone in a family including those facing domestic abuse allegations.