What does Domestic Assault mean?
Domestic assault is any action which threatens intimidation or produces the fear of violence in a spouse, partner or any other close family relation. Domestic assault can include not only threats of violence, but violent actions such as battery, sexual assault, and physical assault.
Domestic assault or actual physical violence often is precipitated by less aggressive actions such as name calling, distrust, and threats. Abuser’s actions, however, frequently escalate as the relationship progresses and the offender is attempting to maintain control of their partner.
Actions which may not rise to the level of domestic assault but which may indicate that a person is in an abusive relationship include dominant actions by their partner such as humiliation, isolation, threats, intimidation, denial, and blame.
Other more aggressive actions which could rise to the level of domestic assault include forcing a partner to have sex with them, intimidating their partner with guns or knives, stalking the victim, and any type of physical violence against their partner. Domestic abuse against a child can include child abuse, abandonment, battery, assault, and threats of violence.
Penalties for domestic assault
Penalties for domestic assault vary by state. They also can vary based on the injury afflicted, the criminal history of the perpetrator, the age of the victim, and the type of offense committed. Some domestic assault charges may be considered felony offenses and could include penalties such a s high fines, prison terms, community service, anger management classes, restraining orders, loss of custody of children, and termination of parental rights.
What do I do if I am charged with domestic assault?
If you are falsely accused of domestic violence it’s important to contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately. Not only can they help you defend yourself against these charges, they can also fight any restraining orders which may eliminate your rights to see your children.
Victims of domestic assault can also seek legal assistance to ensure they are protected from the offender.