Domestic violence is often portrayed in the news, media, and entertainment industries as
physically striking a spouse or family member. While this is certainly
a clear portrayal of what constitutes domestic violence, it might not
even be the most common form of it. If an action causes any of the following
emotions or consequences, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ)
may consider it domestic violence:
To better understand domestic violence charges, it is necessary to take
a closer look at the forms of abuse the DOJ considers capable of causing
Physical: Using physical force to cause physical harm, but also forcing a partner
to consume alcohol or use drugs. Denying them medical coverage can also
be considered physical abuse.
Sexual: Contact or behavior that is sexual in nature and uninvited by the alleged
victim. Treating someone in a demeaning manner may constitute sexual domestic violence.
Emotional: Intentionally lowering someone’s self-esteem or perceived self-worth
through harsh criticism and insults, as well as detracting from their
relationship with their own children.
Economic: Preventing someone from accessing their own finances, effectively taking
control of their money and resources. May be done by stopping them from
going to work.
Psychological: Using threats and intimidation to cause someone to feel mental harm. This
area is somewhat vague and may be applied to most domestic violence cases.
Have you been accused of domestic violence but you don’t think you
have committed any of the aforementioned scenarios? Is it possible exaggerations
or misunderstandings have led to your arrest? You need to defend your
rights as soon as you can!
Contact Hunter & Johnson PLLC and speak to one of our Washington D.C. criminal defense attorneys today.