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Domestic Violence Assault

Most domestic assault crimes are variations of crimes, which include a domestic relationship between the accused and the personal injury attorney’s client.

The types of relationships that qualify as domestic are defined by statute. Some examples of domestic relationships include:
  • Roommates
  • Domestic partners dating
  • Married couples
If you have been a victim of domestic assault, it is recommended to contact a local personal injury attorney to file suit, even save your life. You are living with this person and the abuse needs to stop.

Most people are afraid or don’t want to contact a lawyer or even the authorities after domestic assault because they know the victim intimately.

Domestic violence charges include not only domestic assault charges, but also:
  • Every degree of felony assault
  • Misdemeanor assault
  • Interference with an emergency call
  • Criminal sexual conduct
  • Child neglect, child endangerment
  • Child abuse
  • Stalking and harassment crimes
If any of these fits your situation, contact the police and if necessary a personal injury attorney to file a lawsuit for domestic assault.

Domestic Assault Statistics
The statistics can be overwhelming so it is important to contact a personal injury attorney if you have been a victim of domestic assault.

In a 1995 study conducted in the 50 States and the District of Columbia, nearly 25 percent of women were raped and/or physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, cohabiting partner, or dating partner/acquaintance at some time in their lifetime

In 2000, 1,247 women and 440 men were killed by an intimate partner. In recent years, an intimate partner killed approximately 33 percent of female murder victims and 4 percent of male murder victims.
Approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States.

As you can see, the ones close to you can also hurt you, so contact a personal injury attorney to possibly save your life.

Furthermore, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, between 1998 and 2002:
  • Of the almost 3.5 million violent crimes committed against family members, 49 percent of these were crimes against spouses
  • 84 percent of spouse abuse victims were females, and 86 percent of victims of dating partner abuse at were female
  • 50 percent of offenders in state prison for spousal abuse had killed their victims, so this can get serious and needs to be stopped by a personal injury lawyer
Domestic Assault Recovery
For example, in 2002, Sonoma County, California agreed to pay $1 million to the family of a woman who was killed by her abusive husband after repeatedly reporting his physical domestic assault to the local sheriff's department with no or little action from the negligent department.

The settlement was announced in a San Francisco federal trial that charged the local sheriff's department with negligence for failing to enforce a restraining order. Sometimes, the police are not enough and a personal injury lawyer is needed. The case was brought by the family of Maria Teresa Macias, a 36-year-old mother of three who immigrated to California and was shot and killed in April 1996 in Sonoma, Calif. by her abusive husband, who then committed suicide.

Leading up to the murder, the victim tried every route to protect herself and children from the domestic assault. She repeatedly called the police, obtained a restraining order, attended counseling sessions and kept records of the abuse.

The lawsuit stated in the last three months of her life, Maria Teresa approached the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department 18 different times and requested protection. As you can see, the police might not always take domestic assault serious enough as to take action.

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