Domestic violence is much more pervasive than most people care to believe. All too often victims of domestic violence fail to seek legal remedies and continue living in fear and oppression. The first step to seeking redress is gaining an understanding of what domestic violence is. “Domestic Violence” is broadly defined by Arizona statutes. One does not necessarily have to prove physical violence to the protection of a court. Some forms of “domestic violence” are obvious, such as hitting another person. Other forms of domestic violence may involve verbal threats, harassment, stalking and other actions designed to intimidate. Under Arizona statutes, domestic violence includes (but is not limited to) the following:
- Dangerous crimes against children
- Reckless endangerment
- Threatening or intimidating a person
- Threatening to cause injury to a person or serious damage to property
- Assault (intentional or reckless)
- Intentionally placing another person in reasonable apprehension of injury
- Knowingly touching another person with intent to injure, insult, or to provoke
- Custodial interference without lawful right to keep a child from the other party (exceptions may apply)
- Unlawful imprisonment (knowingly restraining a person from leaving)
- Criminal trespass (breaking in or refusing to leave another’s property)
- Intentionally damaging someone else’s property
- Disorderly conduct
- Recklessly displaying a weapon
- Use of a telephone or other communication to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend (may include obscene language)
- Anonymous telephone calls
- Stalking or following a person with no legitimate purpose
- Surveillance of another person for no legitimate purpose
- Making false reports to a law enforcement or social service agency
Because domestic violence most frequently happens within families, an Arizona family law attorney can protect victims of domestic violence, as well as defend against allegations of domestic violence, within the context of the family court.
Call the Family Law Team at (480) 467-4348 to discuss your case today.
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