In a report by the Huffington Post last year, statistics have revealed that the number of American women who have been killed by their partners or ex-partners between 2001 and 2012 was more than 11,000. According to the report, the figure was more than twice the number of American troops who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan within that period.

Domestic Violence is abuse toward an intimate partner or family member.

Women are more likely to be a victim of domestic violence than men. Domestic violence could take many forms: physical, sexual, verbal. Being stalked and being threatened by your domestic partner may also be counted as a domestic violence, depending on the situation. Because domestic violence is considered a serious crime, people charge with it oftentimes face with stigma that may even haunt them for life.

The website for Kohler Hart Powell explains how difficult it is for someone charged with domestic violence gain the trust of the court in a child custody case. Because the court determines each parent’s capacity to take care of the kids, a record of domestic violence could mean that you might be putting the lives of your children at risk. Because of a domestic violence charge, individuals may also find it difficult to secure greater visitation rights.

Individuals charged with domestic violence are also less likely to be hired. This is especially true in certain industries, such as in long term care homes, where a previous charge of domestic violence may prevent you from working in most institutions. That’s why people who have been accused of domestic violence must do what they can to protect themselves from charges in order to take care not only of their personal lives, but also their professional lives.

Finally, a conviction of domestic violence may result in hefty legal fines. Not only that, individuals convicted of domestic violence would face jail sentence, which can ultimately ruin one’s freedom and reputation.