Domestic violence in Virginia can become much worse when the abusive partner obtains a gun. Shooters who engage in mass shootings are often people who were abusing their domestic partners. These shootings do not get as much media attention as the mass shootings that take place at movie theaters, churches and schools, but many people believe that there is an epidemic of domestic violence-related mass shootings.
People in Virginia may shake their heads when domestic violence victims return to their abusive relationships, but money often drives the decision. Victims sometimes have no access to money and may not even have a job when they try to leave a relationship because of the effects of financial abuse.
For those living under the threat of domestic violence, spousal abuse, stalking or any other type of emotional or physical threat in Virginia, it is important to understand the benefits of a protective order. A protective order, formally referred to as a restraining order, is an order granted through the court system that extends legal protection from the offending person for a defined period of time. If the offender violates the protective order, he or she would likely be arrested and charged with a crime.
Many people are victims of domestic violence, and they may not know what to do in order to plan for their safety and to get help. There are options available to victims of domestic violence. It is important for those affected to secure the safety of themselves and any children as well as to seek help from the appropriate authorities.
Virginia residents who are victims of family abuse may be able to obtain a protective order for situations involving domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault and other potentially harmful acts. If an individual is afraid they may be hurt, killed or sexually assaulted, they may qualify for a protective order. The goal of such an order is to prevent an individual from being harmed and keep away anyone making threats against their safety.
If a person is in fear of suffering physical or sexual abuse, that person may get a restraining order. A restraining order may prevent an individual from contacting the person who asks for the order and the petitioner's family. In the event that an abuse victim shares a home with his or her alleged abuser, the person named in the order must leave the residence if it is granted.
Virginia residents may be interested in a recent article discussing the progress the country has made in dealing with domestic violence issues. Domestic violence has been something of legal concern since before the founding of the nation. According to the article, the Puritans were the first Western society to expressly outlaw wife beating. The early decades of the United States, however, were marked with very little progress in response to domestic violence. Sexism dominated both the culture and the law. Charges and rulings against husbands were often overturned on the reasoning that the wife was expected to be subordinate to the husband and that the submission could be enforced even by physical means.
A Virginia man who was accused of kidnapping and assaulting his wife was sentenced on July 17 after being found guilty on a large number of charges, including kidnapping, possessing a firearm and interstate domestic violence. According to the report, he was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison, 15 years of supervised probation once he is released from custody, treatment for a mental disorder and registration as a sex offender.
A few weeks ago we posted an blog about a man who started a petition to get Virginia to pass a state law that would create a domestic violence registry, which would function much like the sexual predator registry.
A Virginia psychologist has developed an innovative program to combat domestic violence, and it has been gaining national attention as well as inspiring the creation of programs based on its tenets of nonviolence, collective responsibility and recognition of the terrible costs of domestic violence to women, men and children alike.