Domestic violence cases are difficult to handle because of the very intimate details that might come up. Most people don’t want all their business aired out in a public forum like a court hearing. Still, for the men and women who are facing these accusations, this is a very real possibility.
While it is true that not every domestic abuse case is going to proceed along the same axis, there are some points that are often similar. Understanding a little bit about the cycle and specifics of domestic violence might be beneficial to defendants and others who are concerned about this problem.
Alleged victims can vary
People tend to think of the spouse as the victim of domestic violence, but this isn’t always the case. In some instances, a child, an intimate partner, or an elderly family member might be the victim. The person who is being abused must have some intimate or familial relationship with the person who is being accused of domestic violence. Most often, they live together now or did in the past.
Another misconception is that only heterosexual women are subjected to domestic violence. It is possible for people in same-sex relationships and heterosexual men to be the victims in these cases.
Abuse is often cyclical
Domestic abuse isn’t always present. In fact, the abusive instances might account for only a small amount of time in the relationship. For the most part, the alleged abuser might be nice and even pleasant to be around. The abusive behavior comes up when something sets him or her off.
In the beginning, the domestic abuse might be strictly verbal, emotional and financial. The physical abuse often doesn’t come until later in the relationship. The goal of domestic violence, even if the alleged abuser doesn’t realize it, is to control the other person. When that control starts to wane, the situation might turn physically violent.
Facing accusations of domestic abuse
Often, a domestic violence case is launched when there is a physical confrontation. This can lead to the floodgates opening up with the victim’s perception of other events. These can be difficult to defend against, especially when there are shreds of evidence that seem to corroborate that person’s story. It is imperative that you plan your defense strategy carefully so that you are able address the claims without seeming like you are attacking the person in court.