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Supreme Court Hears Case for Including Unwed, Same-Sex Couples in Domestic Violence Laws

Monday / April 4, 2016

Last month the Supreme Court heard arguments for a case hoping to expand domestic violence laws to include unwed, same-sex couples. The recent case is heavily supported by organizations who have argued for years that intimate partner violence is not limited to male-female relationships only.


As an Arizona domestic violence attorney who has handled many cases that involve domestic violence, I answer questions all the time about Arizona domestic violence law and the intricacies surrounding domestic violence charges. If you, or someone you love, is facing a domestic violence charge, it’s important that you connect with an Arizona Domestic Violence Attorney right away.


Same-Sex Domestic Violence


The types of domestic or intimate partner violence, in general, are the same for same-sex couples as it is for heterosexual couples. They can include, but are not limited to:


  • Intimidation
  • Physical violence
  • Sexual violence


Studies and incident reports show that the incident rates of same-sex domestic violence can occur at somewhat similar levels to heterosexual couples as well, but they can include different forms of intimidation. For example, one person threatens to “out” the other person.


Arizona Domestic Violence Laws


In Arizona, current domestic violence laws apply to spouses, children, and even roommates. It’s taken very seriously by the state legislature, the courts, and local law enforcement. The consequences of a conviction can include lengthy counseling sessions, probation, jail time, and fines/fees.


Arizona Domestic Violence Attorney Kyle T. Green


At my office, same or next day consultations are often available, meaning you can rest easy knowing someone is on your side.


Remember, any contact with the alleged victim can result in additional charges. If you have been charged with a domestic violence offense in Tempe or the surrounding area, contact me at 480-331-7568 and let’s get to work on your case.


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