THE DEFINITION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS A VIOLENT OR AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR WITHIN THE HOME, TYPICALLY INVOLVING THE VIOLENT ABUSE OF A SPOUSE OR PARTNER.
Examples of Domestic Violence
Consequences of Domestic Violence
Damages: The defendant may have to pay monetary damages to cover the financial losses of the victim (such as hospital bills or pain and suffering)
Restraining orders: A judge can issue a domestic abuse injunction such as a temporary or permanent restraining order. These can require the defendant to stay a certain distance from the victim, and can prohibit communication with the victim
Rehabilitation courses: A judge can also require the defendant to attend mandatory rehabilitation courses, such as anger management classes
Custodial rights: The defendant may lose their rights to child custody and visitation. This is true even if the charges involved spousal abuse, since courts aim to protect children from being exposed to violence
Loss of various rights: Serious instances of domestic abuse can even result in the loss of various rights, such as the right to own a firearm, and the right to have a driver’s license