What is Domestic Violence

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What is Domestic Violence

Post  Admin on Fri Mar 20, 2015 12:29 pm

Domestic violence is much more pervasive than most people care to believe. All too often victims of domestic violence fail to seek legal remedies and continue living in fear and oppression. The first step to seeking redress is gaining an understanding of what domestic violence is. “Domestic Violence” is broadly defined by Arizona statutes. One does not necessarily have to prove physical violence to the protection of a court. Some forms of “domestic violence” are obvious, such as hitting another person. Other forms of domestic violence may involve verbal threats, harassment, stalking and other actions designed to intimidate. Under Arizona statutes, domestic violence includes (but is not limited to) the following:

Dangerous crimes against children
Reckless endangerment
Threatening or intimidating a person
Threatening to cause injury to a person or serious damage to property
Assault (intentional or reckless)
Intentionally placing another person in reasonable apprehension of injury
Knowingly touching another person with intent to injure, insult, or to provoke
Custodial interference without lawful right to keep a child from the other party (exceptions may apply)
Unlawful imprisonment (knowingly restraining a person from leaving)
Criminal trespass (breaking in or refusing to leave another’s property)
Intentionally damaging someone else’s property
Disorderly conduct
Recklessly displaying a weapon
Use of a telephone or other communication to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend (may include obscene language)
Anonymous telephone calls
Stalking or following a person with no legitimate purpose
Surveillance of another person for no legitimate purpose
Making false reports to a law enforcement or social service agency

Because domestic violence most frequently happens within families, an Arizona family law attorney can protect victims of domestic violence, as well as defend against allegations of domestic violence, within the context of the family court.

Original Post: http://www.jacksonwhitelaw.com/arizona-family-law/family-law-services/domestic-violence/

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