Women, whose ages range from 16 to 34, are the most common victims in domestic battery, which number to about 10 million incidences in the U.S. every year. Acts of violence in the home include physical abuse, forced sexual acts, financial abuse, psychological abuse and emotional abuse, all for the purpose of gaining power and control over one’s partner, to whom the perpetrator may be married or living with.
While some states refer to domestic battery as a crime committed against an intimate partner, other states include any person in a domestic relationship. Thus, besides a spouse, domestic violence can, therefore, be committed against children and other relatives living with the aggressor; some states even consider former spouses, former dating or sexual partners, in-laws, step-parents, and step-children as persons protected by domestic violence laws.
Domestic battery is always a traumatic experience to the victim, besides being the source of physical injuries and cause of great fear and loss of self-confidence. Usually, victims end up being problematic and withdrawn, and often uncertain and embarrassed of his/her actions.
The effects of domestic violence, when committed against a spouse, also trickles down to the children, causing in them feelings of fear, shame, confusion, stress and, especially, guilt, due to the thought of failing to protect their abused parent. And, like their abused parent, they too will eventually end up having problems in school and in their relationships with peers and others.
Domestic battery is a crime; it will also definitely affect court decisions in the event of divorce proceedings and divorce-related issues. This criminal act can become more serious and be considered as aggravated battery if the abuser intentionally or knowingly causes great bodily harm, uses a deadly weapon, or batters a pregnant woman.
Using the palm the hand to push away, your spouse, for example, even if you do not apply much force or even if contact was made accidentally can already be considered as battery. Battery is a hate crime, which any spouse can accuse the other of even without strong basis. Thus, according to a Nashville criminal defense attorney, basing only on accusations, police officers are often forced by the law to make arrests which, otherwise, they would not make.
According to the law firm Alexander & Associates, facing an assault and battery accusation, however, can be incredibly unnerving. Besides the charge ranging anywhere from a Class C misdemeanor to a second degree felony, punishment can be up to twenty years in prison, accompanied by a $10,000 fine. Furthermore, an assault and battery conviction can also damage your professional career and drastically affect your personal life. Due to this, the Champaign criminal defense attorneys at the Bruno Law Offices explains that it may take only an experienced and capable criminal defense attorney to help a person clear his/her name of any assault and/or battery charges.