Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQ”)
on Domestic Violence Punishments
Q: Is domestic violence a crime punishable under criminal law?
A: Whether the domestic violence is a crime depends upon the particular circumstances. Often domestic violence is both a crime subject to criminal punishment and a civil wrong subject to restraint upon personal conduct.
It is a frequent pattern in domestic violence cases for the abused victim to, call the police, press charges, and then reconcile with her abuser. From there, the victim will seek to have the charges dropped; only to have the entire pattern repeated. Because of this, domestic violence is now prosecuted as a crime by city and district attorneys. In these localities, a criminal case may bring against the person causing the harm without a complaint by the victim.
Domestic violence is a crime against the community and the “state” should prosecute all harms against the community. Such localities try to “get the word out” that local authorities will not tolerate domestic violence. Offenses will become prosecuted with or without the help from the victim.