The last year has been a challenge for many, especially regarding relationships and mental health. As more households found themselves spending more time together, there were increases in flared tempers and domestic violence accusations.
While you have an explanation for what happened, a domestic violence accusation is serious. Dealing with a domestic violence charge can be upsetting, especially when the situation is rooted in misunderstanding.
Here’s what you should know about who can accuse you of domestic violence and what constitutes domestic violence.
Can anyone accuse me of domestic violence?
When you think about the term “domestic violence,” you may think of it more simplistically. Although there was a time when domestic violence applied only to certain types of relationships, it now applies more broadly to members of the same household, including:
Couples who are dating or engaged, including same-sex couples
- People related by blood
- Spouses and former spouses
- People with disabilities and their assistants
In broad strokes, anyone who shares your household with you could be an alleged victim of domestic violence.
What is considered abuse?
While there can be a physical element to domestic violence, that is not the complete picture of what Illinois considers abuse. Domestic violence can include acts, such as:
- Denial of access to care for disabled persons
- Interference with personal liberty
- Intimidation of a dependent
- Forcing minors to witness physical abuse
A domestic violence charge is serious and, if convicted, could result in jail time, orders restricting contact, changes in child custody and could impact your ability to find or keep a job.