Allegations of domestic violence may crop up when a couple has a fight or an argument. However, it is important that people are not wrongly accused of domestic violence and related crimes, because doing so could have major repercussions on the life of the accused.
Lawmakers, police and social workers in Washington and the rest of the nation have struggled to find effective ways to prevent domestic violence, and part of the reason for that may be that the phenomenon is loosely defined and easily misunderstood. Domestic violence is typically associated with abuse between romantic partners, but according to most authorities, the category of domestic violence should include abusive behavior in just about any kind of relationship. This means that child abuse is a kind of domestic violence, and so is abuse of an elder by a younger person.
A King County man faces criminal charges after an alleged domestic assault followed by a five-hour standoff with a police SWAT team. Police said the incident began with the man allegedly assaulting his girlfriend in the early morning hours. Police said that the man then barricaded himself inside a Seattle town house. Specially trained negotiators convinced the man to turn himself in peacefully after several hours, police said.
Under Washington state law, domestic violence crimes can include just about any criminal act, so long as the crime is committed against a family member or a member of a person's household. While many of these charges are handled just as they might be had they involved strangers, the state requires the authorities to treat them as part of a pattern of abuse. Lawmakers and law enforcement officers believe that domestic violence arises in a pattern in a relationship and could easily escalate into more serious violence if no one interferes in the pattern.
Domestic violence crimes are different from other kinds of crimes in many ways, and the state of Washington has come up with different ways of dealing with them. Hopefully, these methods lead to greater safety for people who need protection. However, these methods can also lead to some unexpected results for people suspected of domestic violence.
A King County man was recently charged with rape and unlawful imprisonment after his wife told police that she was the victim of domestic violence. He also may face charges of harassment and criminal assault.
A man has been convicted of beating a King County woman to death and now faces a prison sentence of at least 20 years, and likely many more. The case raises issues of how Washington law treats domestic violence.
Kent, just like other cities throughout the country, has its share of heated disputes between divorced or separated parents. Unfortunately, sometimes the situation gets out of control and the police become involved. When this happens, it often results in one of the parents being charged with domestic violence.
King County officials recently announced that they will not prosecute a former Seattle Seahawk linebacker on felony domestic violence charges. He may still face misdemeanor domestic violence charges in Issaquah municipal court.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee recently signed into law a new measure that strengthens the state's laws against stalking. Protections that previously applied only to victims of physical stalking may now apply to victims of online stalking as well.