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What Actions Can Be Prosecuted as Domestic Violence in Columbus Ohio?

ANY violence directed at loved ones is against the law. Being married to, divorced from, or dating someone does not entitle you to hit, threaten, or abuse them or anyone.

Remember that domestic violence also occurs when you abuse a parent or child, roommate, live-in companion or any relative or family member.  It’s not limited to dating or spousal relationships.

Physical Abuse:

  • Striking or hitting
  • Punching or beating
  • Hair pulling
  • Excessive pushing or throwing a person to the ground
  • Ordering attacks from a trained dog

Emotional Abuse:

  • Harassment
  • Threats
  • Abusive criticism
  • Putting someone in fear for their safety or life
  • Stalking

Sexual Abuse:

  • Sexual coercion
  • Inappropriate or unwanted sexual comments
  • Forced or unwanted sexual acts or advances
  • Physical assault and rape

Child Abuse:

  • Child endangerment (when a child witnesses the violence)
  • Physical child abuse
  • Emotional child abuse
  • Sexual child abuse

The resulting charges, penalties, fines, and sentences vary widely depending on what happened during the domestic violence incident.  Columbus Ohio criminal courts are very tough on domestic violence.  Those accused of domestic violence should consider hiring a criminal defense defense lawyer.
The Columbus criminal defense lawyers at Yavitch & Palmer have represented many clients accused of domestic violence, and our attorneys and staff understand the stress this can cause, and they an advanced understanding of Ohio criminal law, particularly in the complex area of domestic violence.

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