The Crime of Domestic Violence

The Crime of Domestic Violence

There are four basic forms of domestic violence:

  • Senior abuse
  • Child abuse
  • Abuse by an intimate partner (This involves both psychological abuse and stalking)
  • Honor-based violence

Let’s learn more about the crime from an American perspective:

What Do The Statistics Say?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 7 men and 1 in 4 women experience physical violence by their intimate partners at some point in their relationships. This involves sexual violence, as well. Over 10 million Americans go through violence at the hands of their partners every year.

Other than that, around 5 million domestic violence acts are reported every year among women aged 18 and above. These include shoving, pushing, violently grabbing, slapping, and even hitting. Sadly, many of these injuries turn out to be fatal.

You’d be surprised to know that about 1 in 5 women in the US has experienced attempted rape during their lives. Approximately 50% of women in hospital ERs have some history of abuse. As many as 40% of women killed by their abusers only sought help in the last two years of their life.

Every year, around 3 million cases of child abuse are referred to the child protective authorities. This involves both physical and sexual abuse. About 10% of these cases are first identified by medical personnel.

The Impact of Domestic Violence

Victims of violence by their intimate partners collectively report a loss of 8 million productive working days every year. The economic cost of this exceeds $8.3 billion every year. As many as 21% to 60% of victims even lose their jobs due to the abuse.

The physical and mental impact that comes with it is another story altogether. Women who are abused by their partners also report higher cases of depression, chronic anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and suicidal behavior. Forced sexual intercourse also makes them more vulnerable to contracting HIV and other STDs, intrauterine hemorrhage, miscarriages, stillbirth, abdominal pain, and neurological deficiencies.

What Are The Laws?

According to Indiana’s state laws, a domestic battery occurs when someone intentionally touches a family member in a harsh, rude, or hurtful way. The same holds if they place their bodily fluid on a family member’s body rudely. The exact charges for domestic battery vary between Class A Misdemeanor and Level 2 Felony according to the severity of the crime.

Class A is punishable for up to one year of imprisonment. As far as the felonies are concerned, Level 6 is punishable by up to 3 years, and Level 2 is punishable by up to 30 years. A felony conviction can also result in a fine of $10,000.

Domestic violence is a socially unforgivable crime! However, if you’ve been wrongly accused, a bail bond agent can help you post your bail. DeLaughter Bail Bonds helps innocent defendants in Indiana 24 hours a day! We also serve those in Kosciusko County, Whitley County, Miami County, and Wells County.

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