Being accused of domestic violence can be alarming but it is also important to note that domestic violence charges are serious criminal charges. Legal resources are available to all parties impacted by domestic violence which is why it is valuable for them to be familiar with what is considered domestic violence under the law.
Types of domestic violence
A variety of different types of abuses can be considered domestic violence. Domestic violence can include physical violence but is not limited to physical violence. Domestic abuse can include:
- Physical abuse – physical abuse can include punching, hitting, slapping, tripping, biting, shoving and other forms of physical abuse as well. Physical abuse can also include denying needed medical treatment.
- Sexual abuse – sexual abuse can include coerced or forced sexual contact including sexual assault and marital rape.
- Emotional abuse – emotional abuse can include demeaning comments or behavior aimed at diminishing self-worth or self-esteem.
- Psychological abuse – psychological abuse can include the use of threats, intimidation or fear to maintain control.
- Economic abuse – economic abuse aims to create financial reliance and to prevent financial independence.
- Stalking, cyberstalking and harassment – threats, harassment and stalking in person or online may also be considered domestic abuse.
An individual who is facing accusations of domestic violence can face jail time and may be restricted from contact with their family, children or home. For that reason, they should be familiar with how the criminal justice system handles domestic violence allegations and charges and the criminal defense resources that may be available to them.