The National Intimate
Partner and Sexual Violence Survey claim to have more than 33% of women and one
in 12 men have encountered life-partner violence in their lifetime.
What would be a good idea for you
If you are charged with a domestic violence offence, you should seek advice immediately from experts like Marsh Blom Lawyers. You will be guided thoroughly and professionally which will make the things easier and smoother for you to handle properly.
Moreover, in case you’re
in a fix about what you can do to help, you should study the following tips.
Effective Measures to Stop Domestic Violence
Here are 7 points you can
adopt to help prevent domestic violence at home.
Know the warning signs
White, black, young, old,
rich, poor, educated, uneducated__ anyone can fall a prey to domestic violence
at home. Sometime viciousness starts from the get-go in a relationship and on
different occasions it takes months or even a long time to show up. On the
other hand, some warning signs happen to appear. Be careful about the red flags
an abuser may show anytime in a relationship:
Being envious of your companions or time spent away from your
Disheartening you from investing time away from your partner.
Humiliating or disgracing you.
Controlling every budgetary choice.
Making you feel remorseful for all the issues in the relationship.
Preventing you from working.
Deliberately damaging your property.
Undermining brutality against you, your pets or somebody you like
to gain obedience.
Pressurizing you to engage in sexual relations when you would
prefer not to.
Threatening you physically, particularly with weapons.
2. Don’t overlook it
Cops hear something very
similar from witnesses over and over—I heard/saw domestic violence but would
not like to get engaged. If you hear your neighbours involved in a violent situation,
call the police. This is your social and moral responsibility to keep your
society free of the evils like domestic violence. It could help to spare a life
in the end.
3. Hear out
If somebody ever opens
his heart to you that they are encountering domestic violence at home, tune in
without judgment. Accept what they are letting you know and ask how you can
help. Your patient and attentive listening will not only console their heart
but may also go a long way towards solving the issue sensibly.
4. Be available
If somebody you know is
intending to leave or is in fear that the violence may shoot up, be prepared to
help. Your cell phone should be with you with the ringer on, make sure your car
tank is full and talk about a runaway plan or meeting place early. Mind it that
your prompt availability counts a lot in many respects.
5. Keep the nearby shelter number
Nobody ever knows who may
need a haven in no time. Keep numbers to shelters and your cell phone is
equipped with the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
6. Check consistently as well as randomly
If a loved one or friend
is in peril, connect routinely to guarantee their security. You may keep in
touch off and on as well. It will keep the victim well boosted and motivated
all the time to face the things confidently.
7. Be empathic
violence will most likely be unable to research shelters, escape plans or set
up necessities like bank balances and mobile phones while living with their
abuser. Offer to do the legwork to help ease stress and keep things hush-hush.
Domestic violence in our
society is in full swing. To cope with it, we need to pursue some effective
Earlier this year, Abhishek Gattani, a Silicon Valley CEO, was arrested and charged with domestic violence for reportedly beating up his wife. Gattani, who has a previous felony charge for domestic abuse, struck a plea deal with the State of California – reportedly in an effort to reduce the chances of his deportation. Rather than face serious repercussions for felony domestic violence convictions, Gattani pled “no contest to felony accessory and a misdemeanor count of offensive touching.”
Gattani was charged with a felony assault in 2013 after a postal worker witnessed him beating his now estranged wife on the sidewalk in front of their home. The charges were reduced to a misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace – reportedly to avoid adverse immigration action.
It is now four years later and Gattani’s wife has had enough. In support of new charges, provided substantial evidence supporting her allegations of physical abuse and verbal threats against her safety and well-being. Despite the evidence, prosecutors pushed for a “lesser form of a felony.” A lesser felony would allow Gattani to serve as little as two weeks in county jail, expunge his record after a certain period of time, and – once again- keep him in the country.
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Gattani’s estranged wife has been vocal about her thoughts on this domestic violence plea deal. She argues that “justice is being thwarted” simply to keep her wealthy abuser in the country. Gattani’s wife supplied the prosecution with more evidence than victims of domestic violence and abuse are generally able to gather. However, it appears as though her efforts were in vain. Gattani will likely walk away from the situation with nothing more than a slap on the wrist. Gattani’s wife, who honestly believes her life to be in danger as long as her estranged husband is a free man, will probably not be able to rest peacefully knowing her abuser could be nearby.
Why would the prosecution want to push a lesser form of a felony when Gattani’s estranged wife had overwhelming evidence of the abusive, violent, and dangerous behavior? Certain crimes are viewed to be more sinister and damaging than others. Domestic violence is one of these morally reprehensible crimes – commonly referred to as crimes of moral turpitude. Conviction of a violent felony and/or domestic violence offenses could trigger immigration issues, including deportation. Even immigrants who are in the country legally could be sent back to their home countries if they are convicted of these morally objectionable crimes.
In 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law that required criminal prosecutors to “consider the avoidance of adverse immigration consequences” when negotiating plea bargains with violent criminals to “reach a just resolution.” The law aims to avoid the routine and/or mandatory deportation of criminals who are charged with a morally objectionable crime, but leaves room for truly violent and dangerous offenders to walk away with a slap on the wrist. In negotiating Gattani’s plea bargain, the prosecution appears to have given his potential deportation a considerable amount of gravity.
The interesting thing is that Gattani had not one – but two – felony domestic violence charges reduced in an effort to keep him in the country. Crimes of domestic violence and abuse are categorized as morally reprehensible. While the 2015 law may be an attempt to keep legal immigrants from adverse immigration action, it appears as though it may grant state prosecutors with far too much latitude and discretion when negotiating plea bargains. Should there be a limit on the number of felony charges that can be reduced for the purpose of avoiding adverse immigration actions?
Vikas Bajaj, a domestic violence lawyer in San Diego, CA, explained that it would be unwise to issue a hard and fast rule limiting the discretion prosecutors were granted under the 2015 law. “Plea bargains present an opportunity to weigh all factors and considerations in complex cases,” Bajaj said “There are far too many cases that are based on false allegations or that have little to no evidence to support a questionable allegation. While the outcome in this particular case is unfortunate, it would be unjust to deny wrongfully-accused persons the ability to stay in a country where they have established a home for themselves and their families.”
Bajaj goes on to emphasize the importance of “balancing the totality of the circumstances, the weight of the evidence, and, if applicable, the criminal history of the accused” when negotiating lesser charges in a plea agreement. “Stripping prosecutors of the ability to weigh the impact of a deportation would be shortsighted,” he explains.
On one hand, it is important to consider that allegations of domestic violence could be unsubstantiated and purposefully raised to cause trouble for an ex-spouse or partner. Alternatively, it is important to ensure that victims of domestic violence have the ability to see their abusers brought to justice for their heinous acts. Given that the 2015 law is relatively new it may take time to see how future plea negotiations proceed.
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