Domestic Assault Law
It’s a fact that cases of domestic violence increase during stressful times, whether it be the holidays or a global pandemic and subsequent stock market crash. The angst often felt between couples and family units can reach a boiling point during times of crisis and heightened emotions. Unfortunately, this can often turn into some sort of domestic violence in the form of physical or mental abuse towards another.
Domestic violence in Tennessee is a form of violence that occurs within a domestic relationship. Although domestic violence often occurs between partners in the context of an intimate relationship (spouses, for example), it may also describe other household violence, such as violence against a child, by a child against a parent or violence between siblings in the same household.
Accordingly to multiple sources, women are more often the victims of domestic violence and more likely than men to suffer injuries or health consequences as a result of the domestic abuse. However, men are also subject to domestic violence in significant numbers, including situations that result in physical injuries. Further, physical injury is not a requirement for a domestic assault charge. There are numerous cases of mental abuse that come through the East Tennessee courts every year.
According to Chapter 136 of title 42 of the US Code:
The term ‘domestic violence‘ includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.
Between 1 million and 3 million incidents of domestic violence are reported each year, while many other incidents go unreported. By some estimates, as many as ten million people experience domestic violence in the U.S. each year.
Hiring the Right Domestic Assault Attorney
If you or a loved one has been charged with domestic assault, whether it be between two parents, a parent and child, or two children, reaching out to a criminal defense attorney who has experience with domestic assault is critical to a successful outcome. Attorneys, like those at the Garza Law Firm, have experience dealing with all sorts of domestic assault crimes and will be able to provide a clear path forward for those accused of domestic assault.