Divorce And Domestic Violence: Is Domestic Violence Different From A
term domestic violence is often subject to numerous misunderstandings.
Because of the lack of clarity of what the term actually means, some victims
are misled in their search and attempt to have their abuser brought to
justice. Therefore it is essential to understand the all aspects covered
by domestic violence.
Civil harassment refers to a situation when one person annoys, harasses,
injures, or threatens another person. There are many categories of civil
harassment, domestic violence being one of these categories. However,
domestic violence cases are very special and differ from civil harassment
cases because of the relationship between the aggressor and the abuser,
and because of the diverse forms of domestic violence.
First, domestic violence is different from other types of civil harassment
because of the existing relationship between the victim and his/her aggressor.
A civil harassment case can be considered a domestic violence case if
the two parties are currently married now or were formerly married to
one another, or if the parties share a blood relationship, or the two
parties are or were living together, or if the two parties have a minor
child in common. If a case does not meet this criterion, it may not be
considered as a simple civil harassment case. Further, many times the
harm caused by one person against the other is often greater than in other
types of civil harassment because of the interpersonal relationships involved.
Domestic violence covers a large array of abuses. This notion is not only
restrained to actual physical abuse, but it can also covers any form of
emotional abuse, threatening phone calls, disturbances at the place of
employment of the victim, stalking. Courts many times take into account
any forms of dominance and control over the victim. Because of this diversity,
remedies to stop or prevent further domestic violence may be different
than remedies used in a civil harassment case.
Domestic violence is pervasive and has plagued many layers of the society.
Some studies indicate that there is absolutely no correlation between
education level and domestic violence. There is also no correlation with
race or religion.
It is important to know how to identify a case of domestic violence. If
you believe you are a victim of civil harassment or domestic violence
you would be wise to consult an attorney in your area to help you learn
where you stand legally and what your legal options are with respect to
the laws in your area pertaining to domestic violence and civil harassment.
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