Domestic violence charges are criminal charges that should not be taken lightly. Because domestic violence charges are serious, and domestic violence is a serious concern in communities and families, it is helpful for individuals and families impacted by domestic violence to know what it is and what it includes.
It is important for accused individuals and those impacted by domestic violence to have their questions answered about what domestic violence is and also what the criminal definition of domestic violence is. Domestic violence generally refers to a pattern of behavior that is designed to gain or maintain control over another party. Domestic abuse includes physical abuse but is not only limited to physical abuse such as hitting, pushing kicking and other forms of physical abuse.
Domestic violence or family violence can also refer to psychological abuse, emotional abuse, economic abuse, sexual abuse, threats, stalking and cyberstalking. Domestic violence may be alleged by spouses, intimate or dating partners, family members, children and cohabitants. Domestic violence can impact anyone and domestic assault charges can result in serious penalties and consequences for accused individuals accused of domestic abuse. Because domestic violence can occur in any community or family, it is important for anyone involved in domestic abuse to be familiar with the resources available to them.
Individuals impacted by domestic violence or family violence have criminal defense resources available to help them through the criminal justice process and other concerns they may face. It is useful for them to be familiar with the criminal defense resources that can help them.