Domestic violence occurs when someone abuses another person. Generally, the person being abused and the abuser are in a relationship or used to be in a relationship, live together or have a child together. It can also occur when the people involved are closely related by blood or marriage.
Domestic violence includes physical harm, sexual assault, putting someone in fear that they might be hurt, destroying the person’s property or harassing, stalking or threatening him or her. It may also include verbal, emotional or psychological abuse.
The court can impose a restraining order on accused domestic abusers which can have a significant impact. It may require them to move out of their home, may prevent them from seeing their children and it could affect their ability to freely go from one place to another.
Domestic violence defenses
If a person is charged with domestic violence, it can cause him or her to have difficulty in many aspects of their life, including finding employment and housing.
There are defenses that may be available to the accused person. These can include evidence that proves the situation required self-defense or defense of another person. This might be demonstrated by defensive injuries on the accused person’s body.
A person may also be accused because they were falsely identified as the abuser. If the person can validate their identity and whereabouts, this may resolve the situation.
It can also be helpful for him or her to keep documentation and provide witnesses who can state that the domestic violence accusation is not true.
An experienced attorney can evaluate a domestic violence charge and provide representation to the accused.