Family and relationship problems are a primary cause of domestic violence in the United States. Alabama has experienced a rise in domestic violence case filings in the last 5 years. According to the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center, 3,186 cases of domestic violence were reported in 2013 alone. Below are some things you need to know about this type of crime and how you can avoid becoming a victim. If you or someone you know has been the victim of domestic violence, an attorney at New Beginnings Family Law, P.C., may be able to help.
What Is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is defined as acts of violence between parents, children, husbands, wives, and couples who are dating. The state of Alabama has three different categories of domestic violence when filing charges, including a felony category for serious offenses. Domestic violence can be described as anything that harms another person including pushing, slapping, biting, kicking, choking and more serious acts of violence.
What Can You Do?
If you have been the victim of domestic violence, there are things you can do to protect yourself. Report the incident as soon as possible by calling the police. The police will make a report, obtain your testimony and take pictures of your injuries. If necessary, they will take the offender into custody so you can be safe. You may also be able to obtain a restraining order or protection from abuse order to keep the offender from returning to your home or place of employment.
Domestic violence can escalate very quickly, which can result in serious injury or loss of life. If you have been the victim of this crime, there is help available. Contact the attorneys at New Beginnings Family Law, P.C., for an evaluation of your case. We are here to help you find peace and comfort and to help you create a path to a life free of fear.