Many different actions constitute domestic violence. In the broadest sense, it is anything that enables one partner to have control over the other. Some people think about physical abuse, but that isn’t the only type of domestic violence that can occur in close relationships.
One of the reasons for this is due to the outwardly visible injuries like bruising and other marks that the physical abuse leaves. Other forms don’t leave these, so they are often harder for people to accept. Some victims won’t report the situation because they don’t think people will believe them.
When a person does file a complaint about this, the alleged abuser has to work to show that they didn’t do the accusations being filed against them. This can be difficult since many of the actions that are said to be abusive occur in private.
Some of the possible accusations besides physical abuse include:
- Psychological abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Stalking and cyberstalking
- Emotional abuse
- Economic abuse
The victim and attacker can be male or female. They can be opposite genders or the same gender. The only factor that matters in this is that they are intimate partners, cohabitants, spouses, dating, family members, parents or children. Even exes can be involved in a domestic violence situation if they share children with each other.
When you are trying to battle against this charge, you have to find out what you can do to disprove the prosecutor’s claims. If the case goes to trial, you need to make the jurors question the validity of those claims as part of your defense strategy.