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Helping with your defense against domestic violence

As any Colorado resident can attest, it is not difficult to find someone that disagrees with you on something. Although disagreements are natural, these disputes could turn into heated arguments. This could be a fight in a bar, or it could be an altercation with a loved one in the home. Matters involving domestic violence can be very serious. This is not only due to the potential penalties the accused could face but also the secondary consequences that occur when one is convicted. If the defendant has a criminal record, they could face harsher penalties. Additionally, if children are involved, this could create issues with custody.

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence is a serious legal matter that affects too many American families each and every year. Readers of this Colorado legal blog may have experienced it in their own relationships or may know others who have suffered under the weight of domestic violence in their own lives. This post should not stand in as legal advice to any reader, and those who are suffering from domestic violence are encouraged to seek legal assistance as soon as possible.

How do protective orders help Coloradans stay safe?

Most people in a romantic relationship argue from time to time. While most couples can peacefully resolve their issues, other times the situation escalates, and domestic violence and neglect occur. When this happens, the victim may need legal protection to stay safe from their abuser. Colorado law recognizes this and has a system in place that allows a victim of domestic violence to seek a protection order from the court.

Victims of domestic abuse in Colorado can seek help

It would be nice to think that couples in a romantic relationship never intentionally hurt one another. However, domestic violence and neglect is a serious issue in Colorado and across the United States. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in four women will be subjected to domestic violence in their lifetime. And, domestic violence is not limited to women. The CDC reports that one in seven men will be subjected to domestic violence in their lifetime. Therefore, it is important that people in Colorado and across the U.S. understand what domestic violence looks like, so they can prevent it or seek help if needed.

Divorce can be complex when domestic violence is an issue

Domestic abuse is a sensitive topic. Whether one is the victim of domestic violence and neglect or one is being accused of domestic abuse, it is essential that the truth is uncovered and that any parties that are harmed are put in a safe position. This is especially true if a victim of domestic violence is seeking a divorce.

Colorado victims of abuse may fear for their child in a divorce

When a parent in Colorado is the subject of domestic abuse, they may be concerned for the safety not just of themselves but also that of their child. Therefore, seeking a divorce when you are the victim of domestic violence and neglect can be challenging, especially if children are involved.

Domestic violence and neglect does not always leave a mark

Not all abusers leave physical marks on their victims. Emotional abuse carries no outward appearance, and even violent acts such as shoving do not always result in a tell-tale bruise or broken bone for all to see. Unfortunately, sometimes an abuser is so charismatic that people are surprised to find out about the acts of domestic violence they have inflicted on the victim. However, it is essential that victims of domestic violence and neglect in Colorado obtain the protective orders and other legal resources they need to leave their abusive relationship.

What are some warning signs of domestic violence?

When a spouse in Colorado commits an act of domestic violence against his or her partner, it can do more than just physically injure that person. It can make the victim fearful, it can stop the victim from doing what they want, and it can force a victim into doing something that they do not want to do. Therefore, it can help to recognize when domestic violence is taking place, so that victims of abuse can seek the help they need.

Victims of domestic abuse in Colorado may seek a protection order

Most couples in Colorado will get into arguments sometimes. However, should these arguments turn violent or should abuse be ongoing in a way that threatens a person's safety or the safety of their children, then the victim may need to take legal action to protect themselves.

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