If you have been accused of domestic violence, then you may be at risk of suffering serious legal punishment. Domestic violence is defined as a form of abuse committed by one member of an intimate relationship against the other in an attempt to control him or her. Typically, domestic abusers will use both physical and psychological abuse to exert power over the other person. If physical force or abuse tactics are used, then the act changes from domestic abuse to domestic violence.
Domestic Violence Tactics
Domestic violence and abuse are not considered to be an individual’s loss of control over his or her actions. This crime is deliberate and the abuser intentionally makes the decision to attempt to forcefully exert power over another individual. Common tactics used by domestic violence offenders include the following:
- Exertion of dominance by dictating what the other party may do
- Humiliation to incite compliance
- Isolation to increase a sense of dependence
- Using threats of violence
- Using intimidation tactics to express power
- Denying or switching blame around to avoid being accused of wrongdoing
In general, women are on the receiving end of domestic violence or abuse. Of course, men can be victims as well, but statistics have shown that these incidences are less widespread.
If you have been accused of domestic violence, or if you would like to learn more about Florida’s domestic violence laws, contact the West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyers of Eric N. Klein & Associates, P.A. today at 561-353-2800 to speak with one of our experienced attorneys about your situation.