Between 2001 and 2012, there were 11,766 American women who were murdered by their current or former male partners. Domestic violence, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, affects millions of American households every year. About 1.3 million of the victims are women, while 835,000 are men.
Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior that is used to gain or maintain control and power over a marital or an intimate partner. As explained by a Nashville criminal defense attorney, in some states, such as in Tennessee, domestic violence may refer to any alleged assault that occurs between individuals who (are currently or were formerly) married, living together, dating, engaged in a sexual relationship, related by blood, or otherwise related through marriage. Thus, besides a spouse, a dating or a sexual partner, victims in domestic violence include children, other relatives living with the aggressor; some states also include step-parents, step-children, and in-laws as protected by domestic violence laws.
Domestic violent behavior includes any form of action through which a person knowingly, intentionally or recklessly causes bodily harm; its purpose is to cause fear of imminent bodily harm or physical contact that is highly offensive or provocative to any reasonable person. Those guilty of violence in a domestic setting are usually charged with Class A or Class B misdemeanor.
Though it causes fear and harm in spouses or sexual partners, many victims cannot easily break free, one reason is because the abuser controls their money supply, making them totally dependable, financially-wise, on the abuser.
While statistical facts indicate that domestic violence is the third most common cause of homelessness among families and the leading cause of female homicide and injury-related deaths during pregnancy, the Columbia criminal defense lawyers at Truslow and Truslow, believes that to be charged with domestic violence can be an extremely difficult situation to deal with. Worse is the fact that the only thing many of those accused are really guilty of is the act of self defense against their partners who really are the ones committing the abuses.
A domestic violence charge, much more, a conviction, can affect both the present and future personal, professional and family life of the accused. In the event of divorce, he/she can lose his/her chance for child custody, as well as in many other divorce-related issues.
You may just have been unjustly accused, but defending yourself and proving your innocence will never be easy. Having a highly-competent criminal defense attorney by your side may just give you the advantage you will need during the litigation of your case.