Domestic violence is a serious problem in Maryland and the rest of the
country. It can affect men and women, the young and old, the gay and straight
and family members. Children are often victims, too.
Some people may not be aware of what actions can be called domestic violence.
Below, you will find a list of the type of actions that law enforcement
can file domestic violence or domestic abuse charges for.
Physical abuse: This may include slapping, pushing, hitting and choking.
Verbal abuse: This may include yelling, swearing, mocking, constantly criticizing,
Sexual abuse: This may include demanding sex acts that the other person
doesn’t want to participate in, forced sex acts, degrading and demeaning
Coercion: This may include manipulation, always insisting on his or her
way, punishing the other party or children for breaking rules that are
impossible to keep.
Isolation: This includes controlling where the other person goes, making
it difficult to see family and friends, monitoring all communication,
such as phone calls and mail.
Harassment: This can include constantly checking up on the other person,
stalking or following.
Threats: This can include intimidation, threats of physical violence, threatening
to use a weapon.
Destruction of property: This can include punching walls, abusing a pet
or destroying prized possessions.
While men can be victims of domestic violence, about 85 percent of all
victims are women. Pregnant women, teenagers and disabled women have a
However, it’s important to remember that some alleged
victims make up the charges of being abused. It might be that they are in the midst of a divorce and want more in
property division or child custody. Perhaps there is another person that
they are romantically interested in and want the other person out of their
lives. Domestic violence charges carry significant penalties, so it’s
vital that the alleged offender fight the charges. Because it is one person’s
word against another’s, it’s important to seek advice from
an experienced legal professional.
Source: Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, “What Is Domestic Violence?” Dec. 16, 2014