Domestic Violence Law

Statistically, 20-22% if women in United States of America have suffered some forms of physical and non-physical domestic violence. Domestic violence definition covers both Men and Women. Domestic Violence as defined under US laws includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the victim or by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common or by a person cohabiting as a spouse or in similar right. It covers violence against against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.

Domestic Violence Law Legal Framework

United States of America has various laws to deal with this situation.

  • The Violence against Women Act of 1994, 2000 and 2005 provides the legal framework to fight against domestic violence and lays down punishments provisions.
  • Family Violence Prevention and Services Act provides for federal funding to victims and their dependent children. It also provides funding for violence prevention programs and helps the agencies work together in a community.
  • Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership through Alliances (DELTA) provides for prevention of intimate partner violence by establishing certain social ecological model.
  • Domestic Violence Gun Ban is a federal law enacted to ban firearms and ammunitions to persons who are convicted for domestic violence or are serving restraining order for domestic violence. This law was enacted in the year 1996.
  • United States federal probation and supervised release law lays down procedure for release of convicts of domestic violence and rehabilitation programs.

Domestic Violence Law Help Lines and Other Forums

Formed under Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, the National Domestic Violence Helpline is a 24 hour hot line. The operator connects the caller with service provider in the applicant’s area. Legal help is also provided and it is available in 170 languages. Loveisrespect, National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline is for teen dating abuse and is opened in 2007 by National Domestic Violence helpline.

There are also several community groups and programs which cater to this need and extends legal as well as monetary help.

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