WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?
Physical abuse of a spouse or relative is just a form of domestic violence. In fact, domestic violence can take many forms, and all can harm the person physically and emotionally. Common forms of domestic violence:
- Physical Abuse
- Psychological Abuse
- Forced sexual acts or behavior
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE LAW
In most states, domestic violence laws apply to both the physical and emotional abuse. Domestic violence can also include threats, stalking, or telephone or workplace harassment of a person. Recently, state legislatures have given more attention to domestic abuse and have made more detailed to protect people from violence by a spouse or relative laws. For more information about attorneys in your area, consult this website.
A general call that I made to the court to take action is to issue a restraining order or a temporary restraining order requiring the abuser stop committing acts of abuse or harassment. Often, this order will also require the abuser to stay away from the home or workplace of the victim. If the violation of the terms of the protective order will lead to formulate specific charges against the abuser, which will lead to fines or imprisonment.
WHERE TO GET HELP
In case of an emergency domestic violence, the person should first contact the police for immediate assistance. There has been discussion about the fact that some police officers do not take it so seriously some allegations of domestic violence as they should. However, at present, the police take more serious domestic abuse and more training has allowed officers to protect and assist victims of abuse.
Hospitals, social service agencies and domestic violence shelters can provide outreach to victims. Look online or in your local telephone directory to contact the right organization. A district attorney or local state attorney can provide help in a domestic abuse case. If a victim works in conjunction with a divorce lawyer, he can offer help or advice to avoid the abuse to continue.