Domestic violence is undoubtedly a troubling topic. We all understand that domestic violence is a serious crime with serious consequences but there certainly are many misunderstandings about the topic as well.
In order to approach the issues of domestic violence appropriately and handle each case properly, it’s important to understand the reality of the subject.
Myth: Mild Pushing is not Domestic Violence
Not necessarily true. During an escalated argument, even mild physical contact such as a shove or poking a finger in another’s chest can be seen as domestic violence.
There may not be any harsh blows, no weapons, no kicking or punching, but a push, a shove or any form of physical struggle can be deemed domestic violence and lead to arrest.
Myth: Domestic Violence = Only Men Abusing Their Wives
Domestic violence is not only perpetrated by men on women. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1 in 7 men were victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner or were victims of contact sexual violence by an intimate partner.
Included in the report was that nearly 1 million men first experienced being stalked before the age of 18.
Myth: Domestic Violence is Only Physical
Actually, perceived verbal or emotional abuse can be inferred as domestic violence as well. Acts of aggression, punching a wall or other actions that can be seen as being used to exert control over another can be deemed as domestic abuse.
Myth: Bodily Harm or Injury Must Occur to Get Arrested
If a couple’s quarrel gets heated and someone calls the police to even help mediate, an arrest is likely. The State of Ohio has a mandatory arrest directive, which means in cases where a police officer suspects that domestic violence is even a possibility, the officer is required by law to make an arrest.
Columbus Domestic Violence Defense Attorney
Whether you are innocent or guilty, if you have been charged with domestic violence in Ohio, your first step should be to contact an experienced lawyer that specializes in domestic violence to get the best outcome in your case.
Contact Columbus criminal defense attorney Sallynda Rothchild Dennison any time, 24/7 for a free consultation.