What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence can be a crime, but many victims feel that their spouse or partner has the right to abuse them or that they must live with violence. The first step in confronting an abusive relationship is to recognize that such violence is unacceptable. This is when you should be contacting a Rockville, MD domestic violence attorney.
Domestic violence consists of a wide range of behaviors, some of which are criminal and all of which are unacceptable. Some behaviors, while not physical and therefore criminal, are part of an abuser’s controlling behavior. Abusive actions that are not physically violent may include: making degrading comments, controlling access to family/friend resources, and controlling a victim’s time and activities. These abusive behaviors can accompany physical violence or lead to it.
Physical “abuse” includes pushing, hitting, punching, choking, and other forms of assault, a legal term for an unwelcome physical contact that involves some injury or offensive touching. It also includes verbal threats of physical abuse, made with the apparent ability to carry out the threats. If you feel your spouse or partner is abusing you or may abuse you, you must contact a criminal defense lawyer in Maryland right away. The best thing to do is to call The Law Offices of Sandra Guzman-Salvado at (301) 340-1911 and speak with a Greenbelt, MD domestic violence lawyer.