Relationships can be tough but should never lead to domestic violence. If you or a loved one is involved in a violent situation in the home, it's important to get help. Knowing your rights under Arizona law is key.
Consider the case of a man in another state who was arrested on Nov. 29 and charged with domestic violence and violating a protective order. The charges came after he was accused of beating a woman with his fists in her home. The victim said she was asleep on the living room floor with her 3-year-old child, and suddenly she was awakened on the kitchen floor by blows to the head. She eventually made it to her bedroom, where she alerted authorities.
The man had a gun and allegedly threatened to commit suicide before he was apprehended. He has a lengthy criminal past. He had been arrested on July 21 for domestic violence and has been arrested numerous times dating back to 2001 for such crimes as attempted arson and burglary. The woman reportedly had a red left ear and a swollen head. She said she was also beaten the night before but didn't report it.
Unfortunately, stories such as this one occur throughout the country, including Arizona. If you or someone you love is caught up in a domestic violence situation, there are options. Getting a restraining order is one, and an injunction against harassment is another. Knowing your rights under the law is extremely important when facing relationship violence.
Source: The News Star, "Man arrested on domestic violence," Dec. 1, 2012