An argument or kind of injurious actions in a relationship may result in getting charged with domestic violence. Though there could be a difference between the terms domestic violence and domestic abuse, these can lawfully hold the same or comparable charges. A person is liable for immediate arrest when committing a physical violence against his/her spouse/partner. Emotional, verbal or psychological abuse for an extended period of time may also suffice for being charged with domestic violence.
If the abused person opts to take action amounting to charges, the negative and abusive behavior of the abuser may get intensified. Getting imprisoned and facing jail term, losing the child’s custody or restraining may be issued by the court against such charges.
Domestic abuse can be defined as a rude or insulting behavior towards a spouse or a partner in relationship. Generally, such behavior embraces vilification, exploitation and extreme control by one of the partners. Abusive behavior means threats, name calling or not fulfilling financial requirements. When an abusive behavior turns physical, it is often treated as domestic violence.
In the US, many states have included specific protections and responses for reporting domestic abuse. Physical beating, kicking or other types of mugging can lead to getting arrested and charged with domestic violence. Even threatening actions or words can suffice for taking legal action against the suspected abuser. A spouse who is separated from his/her partner on charges of domestic violence can seek protection under the stalking laws. The charges and the sentence awarded to the abuser would depend on where the crime was committed, and the extent of damages caused.
If a person is not aware of the laws, he/she could inquire the police station in incognito. Those in power may look for reasons for proposing and issuing charges of domestic violence. Usually, action is taken for protecting the abused spouse before taking steps for arresting the abuser. In case police is called in when the domestic abuse is continuing, generally one of the involved partners is taken away from the scene of action for a definite period of time, or he/she may be arrested for being kept in custody for presenting before court.
Usually, much before making a violence charge, the abused person could have explored the possibilities of walking out of the abusive relationship. Generally, it is advisable to seek the help of some dedicated program. Hot lines are included in phone books, enabling people facing domestic violence to seek police help. It is imperative, and always proves helpful to remove one partner from the site of violence. Such an action frequently proves to be of immense help in preventing disastrous consequences.