Domestic violence is a very serious offense that happens to too many women and men across the nation. In California, victims are urged to apply for emergency protective orders and restraining orders when somebody has harassed them emotionally and physically on a domestic level. Battery is one of the most common types of domestic violence and is covered under Section 242 of the California Penal Code and refers to the willful and unlawful use of force or violence against the person of another. Those who participate in domestic violence will almost always get penalties and sentences when they are convicted for the crime. So, what happens if you are a victim of domestic violence and are taking the necessary steps toward justice? The truth is, domestic violence is held under wraps far too often. This means that many people fail to come forth about the abuse that they have sustained at the hands of somebody who claims to look out for them and protect them.
The Many Misconceptions of Domestic Violence
Domestic violence only happens to those who are poor or of color. The truth is, domestic violence can occur in any family and relationship. This also means that people of any class, religion, sexual orientation, age, or sex can become a victim of domestic violence.
Domestic violence only happens between a husband and a wife when they have a problem. Domestic violence can happen to anybody. In fact, a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives has physically or sexually abused about 1 in 3 American women. Another very unfortunate fact is that 40% to 60% of men who abuse women will also usually abuse children. This means that many families have become victims of the abuse.
Domestic violence is only caused by drug abuse, alcohol use, and mental illness. Yes, sometimes these specific factors can contribute to domestic violence, but they do not cause the violence. They are only used as an excuse by those who abuse. Domestic violence usually occurs because a perpetrator has learned abuse and now chooses to abuse somebody.
Domestic violence is not typical. Domestic violence is more common than you think. One in four women, as well as one in seven men, have experienced abuse in their relationship or sometime in their life. In fact, from 2003 to 2012, domestic violence actually accounted for nearly a quarter of all violent victimizations.
Domestic violence can only be physical. The first act of abuse in an abusive relationship is not usually a violent one. It could occur on an emotional, psychological, verbal, and even sexual level. Most of the time, the abuse will escalate. Abusers will usually say that they care about you and then slowly criticize you and isolate you from your friends and family. They may choose to coerce, pressure, and threaten you into doing sexual favors, which can include severe assault.
A victim should protect himself or herself and never call the police. Many women and men fail to call the police in a domestic violence dispute and will become seriously injured or even be killed as a result. Too many victims believe that calling the police will escalate the situation or cause the police to be hostile toward them. Police are meant to be first responders who can save your life.
If you have become a victim of domestic violence, you may wonder where you can turn. Did you file a police report and seek help after the abuse occurred? Regardless of what steps you took, you should always have an attorney on your side to protect your rights in your dire time of need. Call The Law Office of Peter Blair today for more information.