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Identify the different types of domestic violence

The issue of domestic violence is one that is largely misunderstood. Some people think of domestic violence as only physical abuse and battery. This is far from the truth.

There are a host of different actions that fall under this umbrella. The factor that ties them together is the relationship between the aggressor and the victim.

Relationship classification

In order to be considered domestic violence, the two people involved must be in a relationship, were previously in a relationship, currently or formerly shared a home, or have children together. This does mean that if things get physical during an argument with your ex, you might still face this charge. You can also face these charges for actions against a sibling, roommate or anyone else if you shared a home with them. Ultimately, keeping your cool in contentious situations might help you to avoid this violent crime charge.

Different types

Battery, or physical contact that results in injury, is often the most obvious type of domestic violence. It is possible to be accused of sexual abuse if the person doesn't agree to sexual contact and you force yourself on that party. Financial abuse refers to trying to control the person by depriving them of the financial means they need to survive. Emotional abuse means that the aggressor put down the person or criticized the victim so that they have low self esteem and don't think they are worthy. Psychological abuse has to do with intimidation or similar methods that scare the victim. In all of these cases except physical abuse, the case might be based on he-said-she-said circumstances.

Resolving the charges

You shouldn't think that the victim can drop the charges against you if you end up reconciling. Only the prosecutor can drop charges once they are levied. It is sometimes possible for the victim to stop cooperating with the prosecution; however, this can sometimes lead to problems for the victim if he or she violates court orders like subpoenas.

If you are facing domestic violence charges, you should make sure that you are complying with court orders. This includes the orders of protection that are sometimes issued in these cases. If you have a restraining order, you can't go around the alleged victim without risking being arrested. In some cases, this will also keep you away from your children, but you must follow the order until you can get the case resolved and the order lifted.

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