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Phil Clark Resource Center – Domestic Abuse

What Constitutes Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse can also be referred to as: Domestic Violence, Spousal Abuse, Battering, Family Violence, and Intimate Partner Violence.

Domestic Abuse is defined by law to be a pattern of abusive behaviors by one partner against another. The relationship between the two is generally intimate in nature and covers marriage, cohabitation, family, and partnerships.

The Various Forms Of Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse can take various forms but generally fall under one or more of the following categories:

  • Physical Aggression
  • Physical Assault (Striking, biting, shoving, restraining, and throwing objects)
  • Sexual Assault
  • Emotional or Psychological Abuse
  • Financial Abuse
  • Intimidation
  • Neglect (Failure to provide adequate care when needed)
  • Overly Controlling
  • Endangerment
  • Criminal Coercion
  • Stalking
  • Verbal Harassment
  • Unlawful Imprisonment

Common Reasons Domestic Abuse Occurs

There are endless reasons and theories why domestic abuse may occur, but historically, a few occurred have more often than others. The most common reasons are:

  • Alcohol
  • Drug Abuse
  • Mental Illness
  • Stress
  • Family Structure
  • Social Learning

How Law Enforcement Handles Domestic Abuse Calls

Individual jurisdictions on a state-by-state basis have their own specific Standard Operating Procedures when dealing with domestic calls. As a general rule, if there are visible signs of abuse, the suspect will be arrested and charged appropriately.

Law enforcement must not only protect those being abused, but they must also ensure that the alleged abusers’ right are not violated. If it appears that both have been parties have been visibly abused, both will be arrested so that the courts can later figure out the truth. But when law enforcement makes a warrantless arrest for domestic abuse, there are a few things they must consider.

  • Are either of the parties suspect of lying?
  • Who is the supposed aggressor?
  • Did the supposed aggressor injure the victim?
  • Are there signs of physical abuse?
  • Did the assaults occur recently?
  • Were there any eyewitnesses to testify to the validity of either parties statement?

Colorado Resources For Domestic Abuse Help:

Address Confidentiality Program

1001 E. 62nd Avenue Denver, CO 80216
Phone: 888.341.0002 or 303.869.4911

Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence

1120 Lincoln St. Suite 900 Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303.831.9632 or 888.778.7091

Colorado Anti-Violence Program

PO BOX 181085 Denver, CO 80218
Phone: 877.372.2272 or 303.861.7033

Colorado Legal Services

1905 Sherman St. Suite 400 Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303.837.1313

Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance

2460 W. 26th Ave. Suite 255-C Denver, CO 80211
Phone: 303.861.1160 or 800.261.2682

Women’s and Family Outreach Crisis Center

PO BOX 367 Castle Rock, CO 80104
Phone: 303.688.1094 or 303.688.8484

Colorado Legal Assistance For Domestic Abuse

If you or a loved one is the victim of Domestic Abuse, it is highly advised that you seek legal council immediately. The Clark Law Firm has the experience and knowledge necessary when dealing with domestic violence cases. Colorado has a no tolerance stance when dealing with Domestic Disturbances, and knowing what legal actions to take can seem daunting. The proper Domestic Violence Lawyer can help to guide you through this process and ensure your protection and compensation is achieved. Please contact The Clark Law Firm and allow us to be your Domestic Violence Attorney so we can help!