In our previous post, we discussed how domestic violence is a serious matter in Maryland. It is taken so seriously that some people are required by law to report domestic violence. This means that just because a victim doesn't report domestic violence, it doesn't mean that it won't get reported. It also means that some reports of domestic violence might not even be true.
When you and a family member get into an argument, it is easy for things to get out of hand. In some cases, you might end up with criminal charges or civil action against you because that family member claims that he or she was a victim of domestic violence.
The four forms of domestic abuse were our topic for last week's blog. Those forms show just how widespread allegations of domestic abuse can be. When it comes to domestic violence accusations, it is vital that you take those accusations seriously because they can affect every aspect of your life.
Domestic violence is something that hits close to home in a literal sense. When you learn that you are being accused of domestic violence, it can often feel like your world is crashing down around you. In some cases, you will be forbidden from seeing the people you love. If criminal charges are filed, that adds another level of difficulty to the situation.
In a neighboring state of Maryland, the mother of a 9-year old son allegedly accused the father of the boy of domestic violence. It now appears that such allegations were false.
When it comes to matters of sex crimes, rape charges or domestic violence, we in Montgomery County need to know that we should never rush to judgment and assume an individual is guilty until all the facts are in. A recent story that has made national news forcefully makes this point.
In an interesting twist, Maryland State Police reported that two men with the same last name were charged with domestic violence. Both men were in their earlier twenties and both were charged with second-degree assault. The police also reported that it was unclear if the two men were related.
It has been reported that rates of reported domestic violence have increased 30 percent since the economic downturn. Since 2007, allegation of domestic violence has been showing up in Maryland neighborhoods where it was never thought to be present.