Domestic Violence FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Assault Family Violence

Q: What is Assault Family violence?
A: Assault Family violence is the use of physical, sexual, economic, emotional and/or psychological abuse by an intimate partner or family member to control the actions of another that constitute assault, battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment and other criminal offenses that result in physical injury or death.

Q: Can I be arrested for domestic abuse if the injury is minor?
A: Yes. Minor physical injuries, and even the threat of violence, may result in an arrest in a domestic violence case.

Q: If the alleged victim believes they have made a mistake when they called the police, can they have the Assault Family Violence charges against me dropped?
A: No. An Affidavit of non-prosecution can be executed by the alleged victim. The prosecutor, not the victim, makes the charging decision.

Q: What do I do if charges are filed against me?
A: If you are arrested for domestic violence, contact an attorney immediately. It is best to involve a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible in your case. If brought in early enough, he or she may be able to arrange bail for you or have the charges dropped altogether.

Q: Will domestic violence charges affect my relationship with my children?
A: If you are convicted on a domestic abuse charge, you may lose custody of your children and have severely restricted visitation rights, if any. If the children have actually observed the abuse, they may be emotionally and psychologically injured even if they were not physically hurt. If your partner brings allegations of domestic abuse against you, it may be difficult for you to maintain a normal relationship with your children and you may want to consider counseling for yourself and for your children.