You might be surprised by the definition of domestic violence

On Behalf of | Jan 11, 2021 | Criminal Defense

When most people think about domestic violence, physical fights, black eyes, and bruises usually come to mind. It’s common for many people to believe that domestic violence is only physical and that if a person does not have physical injuries, they have not suffered from domestic violence.

However, this is not the case. Domestic violence refers to any type of violent or abusive act that occurs within a family or household. It can also involve anyone who had a present or past romantic relationship with the victim. Some victims of domestic violence never suffer physically, but the abuse that they go through can be much more pervasive and have a longer-term effect than a cut or bruise. The following are some of the main types of domestic violence as defined under the law.

Emotional abuse

When a victim is suffering from emotional abuse, they are often subject to insults and verbal degradation to the point that their self-esteem suffers hugely. They are told that no-one else will love them, so they are scared to leave the relationship and feel trapped.

Economic abuse

Controlling another person’s finances is economic abuse. If a person has their income withheld by someone else in their household and is only given a small allowance so that their freedom is controlled, this is a type of domestic violence. It is possible for the victim to take legal action against the perpetrator.

If you have been accused of domestic violence, it is important that you explore the wider definition of the crime. Doing so can help you to build a successful defense and may help you to avoid charges.