With Valentine’s Day around the corner, many couples are getting to celebrate a romantic holiday together. However, for millions of people out there, their relationships are not all sunshine and roses. Many relationships are characterized by intimate partner violence, which refers to abuse or aggression that occurs in a romantic relationship. If you or someone you know finds themselves in such a situation, consider enlisting Justice 4 Crime Victims for help.
Types of intimate partner violence
Intimate partner violence can take many forms. We discuss the main categories in this section. The list is not meant to be exhaustive.
One common type of intimate partner violence is physical abuse. This can include a wide range of behaviors such as slapping, hitting, shoving, and the like. Sometimes, aggressors resort to even just the threat of physical violence to control their partners.
Another form of intimate partner violence is sexual abuse. This is when someone forces or attempts to force their partner to participate in unwanted sexual practices. Sexual intercourse that happens as a result of coercive behavior or pressure can also be sexual abuse.
In addition, there is emotional or psychological aggression. This can include mean comments or any other type of bullying. Many people don’t recognize this form of abuse as such –– but it can still be significantly harmful, especially when we’re exposed to it on a regular basis. Behaviors such as stalking, incessant texting, and the like can also be abusive.
Marsy’s Law in California
If you are the victim of domestic violence, Marsy’s Law in California entitles you to Crime Victims Bill of Rights, which is a set of legal protections aimed to help you. Some of these rights include the following:
- Privacy protections so that you don’t have to worry about your abuser.
- Having your safety considered when the defendant’s bail is being set.
- Receiving a notice of plea bargaining and giving you a voice in the process.
- Presenting a victim impact statement for the judge to consider before sentencing.
- Having your personal property returned to you as soon as possible if it was used as evidence
- Receiving restitution for losses suffered as a result of criminal activity
Retaining the services of a competent attorney will ensure these and other protections are respected. Justice 4 Crime Victims is committed to enforcing these rights and ensuring your best interests are represented. Our team is led by Michael L. Fell, a former Senior Deputy District Attorney in Orange County, who knows the ins and outs of the legal system. Give us a call to learn more: 949-585-9055.