When Arizona residents think about domestic violence, they usually only think about physical violence committed against a spouse, intimate partner or family member. However, there are four primary categories of domestic violence you could be accused of.
These categories include: (1) physical abuse, (2) sexual abuse, (3) emotional abuse and (4) economic abuse.
Describing the 4 categories of domestic abuse
Let's look at these four categories of domestic abuse and examples of them in a little more detail:
(1) Physical abuse: Physical abuse could be any kind of act of physical violence against another person in your household. These acts might involve slapping, biting, hitting, shoving, battering, punching or any other category of physical behavior that the alleged abuser inflicts upon the victim. Sometimes accusations of physical abuse happen after two spouses get into a heated argument and one of them makes an honest mistake and hurts the other person by accident.
(2) Sexual abuse: Sexual abuse relates to the coercion of someone in the household to engage in any kind of sexual contact. It could also be the attempt to coerce someone to engage in sexual behavior, or it could be the forcing of someone to have sexual contact.
(3) Emotional abuse: Emotional abuse may involve the systematic deflation of the self-confidence of someone in the household. Any kind of put-downs and self-esteem harming behavior could constitute as emotional abuse.
(4) Economic abuse: Economic abuse results in the victim being financially reliant on the abuser. When a victim must rely on the abuser for all financial security, the abuser can control the victim outright in many cases. This kind of abuse can be difficult for victims to extract themselves from.
Not all domestic violence claims are valid
It's very common for Arizona residents to be falsely accused of domestic abuse. If you've been wrongly accused of such a crime, you can defend yourself against the charges and try to prevent the negative consequences and criminal punishments associated with conviction.