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What You Don't Know About Domestic Violence May Surprise You

It’s quite shocking how many people know little to nothing about domestic violence considering how large of an issue it is in today’s society. Each year, about 1.3 million women become the victims of domestic violence, resulting in 100,000 cumulative days of hospitalizations and 40,000 visits to the emergency room.

But that’s not all. Here are a few things that might surprise you.

Men Often Suffer Domestic Violence, Too.

Yes, the overwhelming majority (95%) of domestic violence victims are female, but there are also thousands of men who are abused, too. About 835,000 men are victims of domestic abuse in the United States each year, in fact. Though defense attorneys rarely represent women in domestic violence cases, it’s far from unheard of.

Winning a Domestic Violence Lawsuit Can Be a Big Pay Day.

When accused of domestic violence, it’s absolutely imperative to get the counsel of criminal defense lawyers. If successful during a domestic violence lawsuit, the plaintiff may have the defendant compensate him or her for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and punitive damages. These criminal defense cases are not to be taken lightly, which is why those accused of domestic violence need defense attorneys on their side.

Domestic Violence Isn’t Just Physical.

According to the Department of Justice, the definition of domestic violence is “a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.” This means that it doesn’t have to be physical. Many criminal defense attorneys see clients accused of sexually, emotionally, economically, and psychologically abusing their partners.

Few people know that men can be the victims of domestic violence, that defense attorneys are a paramount asset to have when accused of domestic violence, and that it isn’t just physical, despite how large of a problem it is in today’s society.

If you have any questions about your case, contact the Law Office of David R. Fischer. If you have any general questions, feel free to share in the comments.