Children who are victims of or who witness acts of domestic violence can suffer from serious emotional conflict. In fact, some studies have shown that kids who witness episodes of domestic violence between people they are attached to can be affected just as much as if they were the direct victim. Similar reports have shown that young domestic violence victims are less likely to focus on learning, are at high risk for re-victimization, can become future perpetrators of violence, and are more likely to repeat the cycle of domestic abuse as adults.
Arizona domestic violence law defines domestic violence as any criminal act of violence committed by a family member or household member to another in the home or family.
Not all domestic violence crimes are inherently violent in nature and can be physical, emotional, or sexual. Domestic violence crimes can even include mistreatment from roommates. Domestic violence in Arizona is a very serious crime. If you know a child who is dealing with domestic violence or abuse, there are many ways you can help.
Children who are victims of domestic violence need to find an adult who they trust. Having a caring person, like a family counselor or a trusted relative, to share their home life struggles with can help them significantly in coping with the mental trauma caused by domestic violence. Individual, group or family therapy can be helpful, no matter the age of the child. It is also essential to provide a safe place for the child to stay.
Those convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor face serious penalties including:
- Court-mandated family counseling programs
- Minimum of 6 months in jail
- Community service
- Behavioral counseling
- “No contact” orders – this court order restricts the perpetrator from seeing their child or family member who they have abused.
Penalties for domestic violence depend upon the severity of the crime.
If you or your loved one is involved in a domestic violence case, it is best to hire an experienced domestic violence attorney to help you navigate the legal aspects of the case. A skilled domestic violence attorney can help you in more ways than one. An attorney can file a restraining order and make changes to a child’s custody agreement so that any children involved are protected.
It’s always important, but even more so in domestic violence cases, to find an attorney you can trust, who will listen to your goals and desired outcome. As an attorney who has handled many domestic violence cases, I understand the complexities involved in domestic violence cases and will work tirelessly to ensure you are protected.
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