Domestic violence is a crime.
Have you been charged with domestic violence in Maryland or Virginia?
Domestic violence, also known as domestic abuse, spousal abuse, child abuse is usually defined as a pattern of abusive behaviors by one or both partners in an intimate relationship such as marriage, dating, family, friends or cohabitation.
Domestic violence can come in many different forms including physical aggression (hitting, kicking, biting, shoving, restraining, throwing objects), or threats thereof; sexual abuse; emotional abuse; controlling or domineering; intimidation; stalking; passive/covert abuse (e.g., neglect).
Are you facing a domestic violence charge in Maryland or Virginia ?
If you need help to defend yourself against a domestic violence charge in Maryland, or Virginia, then contact the SRIS Law Group Maryland, or Virginia criminal law defense lawyers for help.
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Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, but the problem is often ignored, relieved or denied. This is particularly true when the abuse is psychological, not physical. Note and acknowledge signs of abusive relationship are the first step to ending it. If you know yourself or someone you know in the following abuse description, you can contact us now. There is help available. No one should live in fear of the person they love.
Domestic violence and abuse:
When people think of domestic violence, they often focus on domestic violence. But domestic abuse occurs when someone in an intimate relationship or marriage tries to control and control the other person. Domestic violence and abuse are used for one purpose and only one purpose: to gain and maintain full control over you. The aggressor does not abuse “play”. The aggressors exploit fear, guilt, shame and intimidation to wear you and make you under their thumb. The aggressor may also threaten you, hurt you, or hurt those around you.
Domestic violence and victimization are indistinguishable. Ill-treatment occurs between heterosexual couples and same-sex partnerships. This occurs in all age groups, ethnic backgrounds and economic levels. While women are more vulnerable to victimization, men are also subjected to ill-treatment – particularly verbally and emotionally. The bottom line is that abusive behavior is never accepted, whether by a man, a woman, a teenager or an adult. You deserve to feel valued, respected, and safe.
Recognition of abuse:
The recognition of abuse is the first step in obtaining assistance Domestic violence often escalates from threats and verbal abuse to violence. While physical injuries may be the most obvious danger, the emotional and psychological consequences of domestic abuse are also severe. Abusive relationships can emotionally destroy your own worth, lead to anxiety and depression, and make you feel lonely. No one should tolerate this kind of pain, and your first step out of freedom is to recognize that your situation is offensive. Once you recognize the reality of the abuser situation, you can get the help you need.
Signs for abusive relationship:
Signs that you are in an abusive relationship there are many signs of an abusive relationship. The most significant sign is fear of your partner. If you feel like you have to walk on the eggshell around your partner – constantly watching what you say and doing in order to avoid the chances of blowing up your relationship is unhealthy and abusive. Other signs that you may be in an abusive relationship include a partner that relieves you or tries to control you, feelings of self-anger, helplessness, and hopelessness.
Talk if you suspect domestic violence or abuse if you think someone you know is misused, talk about it! If you are reluctant to tell yourself that it is not your job, you may be wrong, or the person may not want to talk about it, keep in mind that expressing your fears will let the person know that you are interested and may even save his or her life.
The following are some of the laws in VA, MD & MA:
A. Any person who commits an assault and battery against a family or household member is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
B. Upon a conviction for assault and battery against a family or household member, where it is alleged in the warrant, petition, information, or indictment on which a person is convicted, that such person has been previously convicted of two offenses against a family or household member
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(a) When responding to the scene of an alleged act of domestic violence, as described in this subtitle, a law enforcement officer may remove a firearm from the scene if:
(1) the law enforcement officer has probable cause to believe that an act of domestic violence has occurred; and
(2) the law enforcement officer has observed the firearm on the scene during the response.
(b) If a firearm is removed from the scene under subsection (a) of this section, the law enforcement officer shall:
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- ALM GL ch. 209A, § 4 Temporary Orders.
Upon the filing of a complaint under this chapter, the court may enter such temporary orders as it deems necessary to protect a plaintiff from abuse, including relief as provided in section three. Such relief shall not be contingent upon the filing of a complaint for divorce, separate support, or paternity action.
If the plaintiff demonstrates a substantial likelihood of immediate danger of abuse, the court may enter such temporary relief orders without notice as it deems necessary to protect the plaintiff from abuse and shall immediately thereafter notify the defendant that the temporary orders have been issued. The court shall give the defendant an opportunity to be heard on the question of continuing the temporary order and of granting other relief as requested by the plaintiff no later than ten court business days after such orders are entered.
Notice shall be made by the appropriate law enforcement agency as provided in section seven.
If the defendant does not appear at such subsequent hearing, the temporary orders shall continue in effect without further order of the court.