Domestic Violence Laws

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There are laws that punish those that domestic violence against another person by causing emotional or physical harm to other with whom they share a family or other close relationship. “The domestic violence laws also deal with the civil protections that are available to victims of this type of crime (Brinkman 2004)”. Federal legislation decided that domestic violence should be a crime, which is called the Violence Against Women Act. Most of the time domestic violence offenses are prosecuted under the state laws. “In all states, when a person is convicted of domestic violence, it is a requirement that the defendant’s conduct and relationship to the victim meet certain standards. In each state statutory provision describing these aspects may
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