Domestic Violence Law

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Domestic violence law is in place to protect individuals from partners, spouses or roommates who are abusive.  There are many steps law enforcement officers and the court will take in order to end domestic violence, including providing the victim with a protective order.  Below, you will find more information regarding domestic violence laws and the steps a victim can take in order to be safe.

Domestic Violence Law: What is Considered Domestic Violence?

The law states in most places that domestic violence is not limited to individuals on a romantic basis and abuse can still be considered domestic violence – even if the individuals do not still live together.

For instance, a woman who is abused by her ex spouse she no longer lives with is still considered to be dealing with domestic violence.  By the same means, a woman who lives with a male roommate who is abusive to her is also considered a victim of domestic violence.  Physical, mental or sexual abuse is all considered domestic violence, including but not limited to:

  • Kicking or Punching
  • Biting, Scratching or Cutting
  • Constant Humiliation Designed to Keep Control
  • Purposely Causing Great Fear in the Victim to Keep Control
  • Rape
  • Threats Which Inspire Great Fear

If these things are happening to a person, that person is going through domestic violence and should seek help as soon as possible.

Domestic Violence Law: Help for Domestic Violence

There are several different ways the victim of domestic violence can seek help.  Obviously, he or she can call the police outright and have the aggressor arrested.  However, victims are typically too afraid to take this route.  Therefore, several different organizations have been started in an attempt to help these victims.  For instance, the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-787-SAFE or 7233) will help a victim plan a safe escape from his or her abuser.

Another option for the victim is to receive a restraining order or an order of protection.  Both of these orders are designed to keep the aggressor away from the victim – however the order of protection is more involved and may indicate visitation rights or refusal, ownership of property and more.  If an aggressor violates an order of protection or a restraining order, he or she may face fines, jail time or other consequences.

Domestic violence is a terrible thing for someone to live with and domestic violence law works to protect those who have to deal with it.  By creating and enforcing strict consequences and laws for domestic violence, victims are able to get the help they need and the protection they deserve.

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