Facing any type of criminal charge can have serious repercussions on a person's life. If convicted, you could face penalties like jail time or fines, and in some cases, even if you avoid conviction, the damage to your reputation could prove long lasting. Unfortunately, many people find themselves falsely accused of crimes or accused of crimes when they were attempting to defend themselves.
When these accusations come about, you may immediately want to begin voicing how the allegations are untrue. While the idea of creating a defense is a direction you will likely want to go, you may want to take the time to step back from the situation and assess your predicament. By thinking more clearly, you may have a better chance of defending against serious allegations, such as domestic violence.
Types of domestic violence
If your spouse or partner accuses you of domestic violence, you may wonder where such heinous allegations could come from. While you may know them to be false, you could still wind up having to defend yourself in court. If so, you may want to understand the different types of domestic violence and of what you may have been accused:
- Physical abuse: This type of abuse typically first comes to mind when individuals mention domestic violence. This category generally involves acts of physical violence, such as punching, kicking, scratching, slapping or other similar acts.
- Financial abuse: In this scenario, a person prevents a spouse from becoming financially independent in order to maintain control over that person.
- Emotional abuse: This type of abuse typically involves a person constantly insulting, criticizing or humiliating his or her partner to a point that the victim's self-worth diminishes. However, in most cases, domestic violence charges cannot be filed for emotional abuse unless coupled with another form of abuse.
- Psychological abuse: You may initially think that emotional and psychological abuse are the same, but they differ enough to warrant different categories. For instance, where one type of abuse plays off someone's overall emotions of self-worth, psychological abuse involves manipulating the other person's sense of fear through threats and intimidation.
Once you understand the type of domestic violence of which you stand accused, you may have the chance to defend against such allegations. Building and presenting a meaningful defense could help you avoid consequences that you may not deserve.