Domestic violence situations can sometimes escalate quickly and can lead to criminal charges not expected by those involved. If you have been accused of domestic violence, you may end up quickly facing negative impacts on your job, relationships and home life which is why anyone accused of domestic violence should be familiar with the legal resources also available to the accused.
Types of domestic violence
There are several different types of behaviors that may be considered domestic violence and can lead to domestic violence allegations and charges including:
- Physical forms of domestic violence: Any form of physical assault committed against a spouse or significant other, a child or a pet may be considered domestic violence.
- Sexual forms of domestic violence: Engaging in any sexual activity without the consent of the other party can be considered domestic violence even in instances when it is with a spouse or intimate partner.
- Emotional forms of domestic violence: The use of emotions to exert power or control over a spouse or intimate partner can be considered domestic violence.
- Economic abuse: The use of financial resources to keep a spouse or significant other financially dependent or powerless can be considered domestic violence.
Other behaviors, including threats and harassment, and psychological abuse can also be considered domestic abuse. Domestic violence charges can lead to a criminal record, time in court, unexpected counseling and expenses and probation among other potential long-term consequences. Because the impact of domestic violence charges can be extensive, it is beneficial for accused individuals to be familiar with how their criminal defense options can help them fight the charges.