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Understanding the serious issue of domestic violence

Domestic abuse is an unquestionably serious concern for individuals involved in alleged domestic violence situations and for families and communities. There are a variety of behaviors that may be considered domestic abuse so it is helpful to be familiar with what those are if involved in family violence circumstances. Domestic violence circumstances can have a potentially serious impact on the future and freedom of the accused individual so it is important to understand what domestic violence refers to and includes.

Physical abuse involves physical violence that creates fear and aims to maintain control of the individual being abused. While there are many forms of physical abuse, and it is most commonly thought of, it is not the only form of domestic abuse. Sexual abuse can also be a form of domestic abuse and can cause shame and humiliation. Emotional abuse is another form of domestic abuse and is used to create power and control over the individual being emotionally abused.

Financial abuse is another form of domestic abuse that can often be used to keep an individual in an abusive relationship. In circumstances of domestic abuse and domestic assault, it is important to understand that there are a variety of resources available to all parties involved. Criminal defense rights and resources are always available to individuals accused of domestic violence and it is important for accused individuals to understand that.

Domestic violence accusations and charges can have a tremendous personal and professional impact on individuals alleged to have committed domestic violence. Criminal defense rights include the ability to challenge facts, evidence or other circumstances part of an alleged domestic violence incident which is why it is important for accused individuals to be familiar with their criminal defense rights.

Source: Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, "Forms of Abuse," Accessed Dec. 22, 2016

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