What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is a problem in the U.S. and it gets talked about a lot, but what is it, exactly? It refers specifically to behavior perpetrated by one intimate partner against another as part of a systematic pattern of power and control and is characterized by willful intimidation, physical assault and battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior. This abusive behavior doesn’t have to be directed at someone’s intimate partner either. It’s still an act of domestic violence to destroy property, harm someone’s pet, or direct actions towards a child.
Did You Know?
In the U.S. more than 10 million people are victims of acts of domestic violence abuse every year. In fact, 1 in 4 women, and despite a common misconception that men rarely are the targets of domestic violence, 1 in 9 men experience domestic violence at some point in their lives. Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime, and if an abuser has access to a weapon, the likelihood that someone will kill their partner increases by 400%. 19% of intimate partner violence involves a weapon of some sort.
Why It Matters
The effects of domestic violence are vast. Physical and mental effects often include a higher rate of contracting sexually transmitted diseases, depression and suicidal behavior, and various other physical injuries requiring medical care. The economic effects are vast as well. Each year victims of intimate partner violence lose a total of 8,000,000 days of work each year, the equivalent of 32,000 full time jobs and such violence is estimated to cost out economy between $5.8 and $12.6 billion dollars a year.
The ramifications of being accused and convicted of an act of domestic violence is also vast. There’s always the potential for probation, jail time or prison time depending on the severity of the charge, and fines. Courts can also put orders in place that prevent individuals from having contact with one another or bar people from going to certain homes or business. Finally a domestic violence conviction will permanently bar someone from owning or possessing a firearm
What To Do If You’re Accused of Domestic Violence
Being accused of domestic violence is a scary experience. Don’t face your charges alone. You need any experienced Colorado domestic violence attorney to guide you through the process. You have a right to counsel. Unequivocally assert that right and do not speak with the police or the District Attorney without first talking to a defense attorney, and never take a plea agreement without the advice of counsel. Andrew Bryant was recently chosen as Best of The Springs Attorney and brings his experience as a former prosecutor to every client’s case. Contact him through his contact form or call him at 719.634.7353 for a FREE CONSULTATION and evaluation of your case.