Domestic violence charges can have a dramatic impact on the lives of families and the accused individual. It is beneficial for those accused of domestic violence to be familiar with the different forms domestic violence can take and the legal resources available to aid families impacted by family violence.
- Physical abuse is one type of domestic violence: Physical abuse includes hitting, slapping, punching, kicking; burning; coercive substance abuse; refusing medical care or medication; use of weapons; or strangulation.
- Emotional abuse: Emotional abuse is usually based on obtaining and maintaining control. It can include naming calling and insults; blaming; jealousy; intimidation; shaming or humiliating; isolation; controlling where the other person goes, does or who they go with; and stalking.
- Sexual abuse: Sexual abuse is based on power and is typically sexual contact without consent. It can include sex trafficking a partner; sexual contact when the partner is unable to provide consent; violence during sex; and coercive sexual behavior or interference with birth control measures.
- Financial abuse: Financial abuse is aimed at maintaining power and control over finances. It can include interference with the partner’s job; harassment at the partner’s workplace; controlling financial assets; or damaging the partner’s credit score.
- Technological abuse: Technological abuse includes hacking, tracking, monitoring and demanding the other partner’s online passwords.
Criminal defense options are available to those accused of one or more of these types of domestic violence and are facing domestic violence charges. It is helpful for those accused of domestic violence to know how the aggressor is determined and the criminal defense protections in place.