October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Its existence serves as a reminder for people in Ohio and throughout the country that the atrocities of violence and abuse really do exist. Physical abuse can cause serious psychological and physical harm for the victims, and while each situation is different, a person with a domestic violence charge may go under investigation and have protective orders levied against them.
Abusers sometimes show up at a victim’s place of employment or to their home or apartment, and when an altercation ensues the victim may lose his or her job or housing. Advocates supporting victims are working to create more stringent protective orders. Advocates also suggest that pets may be used as bait in domestic violence, and they are seeking that protective orders extend to pets to offer protection for them and for their owners.
It was recently reported that arrests for domestic violence in Ohio decreased last year. Advocates and lawmakers attribute a portion of the decline to a teen dating bill that was passed into law. The number of arrests exceeded 41-thousand in 2012.
There are a number of people who face bleak and abusive situations in life and this month people work together to serve them. While this is certainly a group of people for whom support should be garnered, there also exists a group of people for whom support and fair representation should be delivered—those who may be wrongfully accused. It may be helpful for both victims and accused persons to seek counsel from an experienced attorney.
Source: WVXU Cincinnati, “Domestic violence arrests down in Ohio,” Maryanne Zeleznik, Oct. 2, 2013