It seems that our Nation’s vice president, Joe Biden, recognizes just how pervasive of an issue Domestic violence has become in the United States.  Last month, during the Pennsylvania Society’s 115th annual Black-tie Dinner Biden was awarded the Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement which recognizes leadership and philanthropic accomplishments of prominent figures who have Pennsylvanian ties. As well as being an outstanding honor, the award comes with a $50,000 prize that can be divvied out to charities of the recipient’s choosing.  After a Month of deliberation Biden quietly decided to donate the money to The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Philadelphia-based Women Against Abuse.

With Biden’s Contribution the two groups plan on further raising domestic violence awareness throughout Pennsylvania.

What constitutes Domestic Violence in Arizona?

Someone can be charged with Domestic violence under the following circumstances in Arizona

A. “Domestic violence” means any act that is a dangerous crime against children as defined in section 13-705

1. The relationship between the victim and the defendant is one of marriage or former marriage or of persons residing or having resided in the same household.

2. The victim and the defendant have a child in common.

3. The victim or the defendant is pregnant by the other party.

4. The victim is related to the defendant or the defendant’s spouse by blood or court order as a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister or by marriage as a parent-in-law, grandparent-in-law, stepparent, step-grandparent, stepchild, step-grandchild, brother-in-law or sister-in-law.

5. The victim is a child who resides or has resided in the same household as the defendant and is related by blood to a former spouse of the defendant or to a person who resides or who has resided in the same household as the defendant.

6. The relationship between the victim and the defendant is currently or was previously a romantic or sexual relationship. The following factors may be considered in determining whether the relationship between the victim and the defendant is currently or was previously a romantic or sexual relationship

If you or a loved one has been a victim of domestic violence contact the JacksonWhite’s Family Law Attorneys. They have the experience and knowledge to help you.  Please call today for a consultation at (480) 779-7972.