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What is considered domestic violence?

We all get in fights from time to time. While this might look like a simple tiff with a loved one, for others in Florida and elsewhere, this could elevate into a very damaging dispute. Although it might seem like a valid fight, it is possible to engage in domestic violence in the heat of the moment,. Because the criminal penalties can be harsh in such a situation, it is important to understand what this looks like and how to assert a defense against such allegations.

What is considered domestic violence? Based on the definition of the U.S. Department of Justice, domestic violence is when there is a pattern of abusive behavior in any type of relationship that is used as a mechanism to gain or maintain control over another. These could occur between spouses, partners, cohabitants, individuals that are dating, a parent and child and siblings.

Domestic violence can take on many forms. It could manifest itself as physical abuse. Physical abuse typically includes hitting, biting, slapping, battering, shoving, punching, cutting, pinching, pulling hair and any other type of violent behavior inflicted onto another. Domestic violence could be sexual abuse, which is when the abuser coerces or attempts to coerce the victim into sexual conduct. Emotional abuse is another form, which involves invalidating or deflating the victim's sense of self-worth or self-esteem.

Domestic violence can also look like economic abuse, psychological abuse, threats, stalking and cyber stalking. Many of these matters are treated seriously and could result in protective orders being issued, as well as criminal charges. Being the target of a protective order can also lead to one's facing criminal charges, such as if someone violates the order. Thus, it is important to take these matters seriously.

If you are facing domestic violence charges, it is good to gain a full perspective of this matter. You could face serious penalties as well as a damaged or severed relationship. Thus, one should take the time to assert a defense as soon as possible.

Source: Findlaw.com, "What is Domestic Violence?" accessed Dec. 31, 2017

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