Domestic abuse is a serious crime. It’s a crime that has long-lasting effects not only to the accused and the accuser but also to the children, loved ones, members of the family, colleagues, and friends.
Domestic violence is defined as a crime that causes severe physical injuries, emotional injuries or even death. A significant number of all female victims of homicide are killed by a former or a current male intimate partners. Therefore, when faced with domestic violence charges, this article will help you understand ten things surrounding domestic violence charges.
1.Domestic Violence is a crime committed between persons who have or have had an intimate relationship
In Ontario, domestic violence is a crime that entails the following;
- causes physical or bodily harm voluntarily, or
- attempts to inflict physical injury, or
- attempts to inflict physical injury, or
- places a family member, partner or victim in harassment, severe injury or imminent fear to cause psychological distress, or
- rape and other sexual relates assaults.
For the above-discussed acts to qualify as domestic violence, the victim must be in or must have been in an intimate relationship with the accused. In this case, a personal relationship entails:
- a former or current partner;
- persons of the different sex who you have lived or living together with;
- have a child together;
- person of the opposite sex in a dating association.
2.Domestic abuse is more common
Based on research done by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, approximately twenty persons per minute are abused physically. This is quite a high number. This amounts to about ten million abuse cases every year. Besides, one woman in a group of 3, as well as one man in a group of four, have been abused in a lifetime. Thus, the cases of domestic violence are more prevalent.
3.Domestic abuse can happen to a female or a male.
Headlines on newspapers and the social media have depicted famous athletes, politicians, actors, and rock stars as victims of domestic violence. Sadly, the reality is that this can happen to anyone regardless of their age, gender, religions, or sexual orientation. As a society, we need to be aware of the reality and take notice of the warning signs.
4.Domestic violence is a severe crime.
This kind of crime involves acts like rape, assault, sexual assault, stalking, child abuse, harassing calls on phone, threats, or criminal trespass. Therefore, if you or your child is a victim, contacting the police is the best thing to do. Besides, offer the maximum cooperation to the police.
5.Domestic Violence has severe impacts on Victim’s life
Some of the effects of domestic abuse include death, anxiety, chronic pain, depression, alcohol and drugs abuse, panic attacks, self-neglect, eating disorders, sleep disorders, suicide attempts, sexual dysfunction, emotional numbing, dehydration, strained relationships as well as failure to respond adequately to children’s needs. Besides, the amount of money spent on medical care, as well as mental health treatment is very high.
6.Domestic violence can lead to legal separation.
On top of filling civil action and filling criminal charge, a victim of domestic violence can decide to file a legal separation or divorce. In case the court finds out that indeed the accused is guilty, this may also have an impact on visitation as well as child custody.
7.The crime affects future generations
Research has it that, children exposed to spousal violence portray regression in language and toilet training, excessive irritability, emotional distress, sleep disturbances, and fear. When these children grow up, they might face behavior problems, academic issues, aggression, insomnia, fear among other concerns.
8.Leaving is not that easy.
When victims of DV, are asked why they do not leave, they always pose the questions, “How would you feel about leaving your spouse?” As hard as it may seem, victims of DV, need financial security or love in a relationship with a person they love.
9.Victims face Blame
Myths on domestic violence are common. For example, it is common to hear people say, if hit, they will hit back, and thus women who hit their partners should expect whatever violence the spouse dish back out — such thoughts backup a culture of victim-blaming and abuse.
10.Some things can help in the Prevention of Domestic Violence
The most important thing society should do is to support and promote healthy relationships. Besides, if you suspect a friend or anyone you know is a victim, take action and avoid disregarding the warning signs. Some of these signs include depression, isolating oneself, change of personality, anxiety, suicide attempts, etc.