While Connecticut state legislation continues to be amended and/or enacted to address criminal and civil offenses relating to domestic violence, the state’s Judicial Branch outlines what family violence is and how it is regarded under the law. Family violence is defined by the threat and/or act of physical injury against household or family members. Family violence describes the nature of an offense, but does not in of itself qualify as a crime. Therefore, incidents of kidnapping, assault and sexual assault can be considered acts of family violence. And in identifying who can be considered victims of family violence, it’s important to note that the law also applies to unmarried parents and people of the same gender.
Domestic disputes are emotionally charged in nature and typically occur between people who are intimately involved. That is why many incidents quickly escalate and can turn into major legal battles. We here at Joseph J. Colarusso, Attorney at Law, understand how volatile some situations can be, and we have seen the issues that can arise out of facing domestic violence charges.
Because Stamford, Connecticut, law enforcement officers are charged with the difficult task of dealing with potentially violent situations on a daily basis, they are continually trained on effective techniques to approach unpredictable scenarios and suspects. Not only are police officers educated on how to physically contain a situation but they also learn how to perform their duties within the confines of the law. One case involving accusations of excessive force by law enforcement is currently being considered by the U. S. Supreme Court, raising questions over the proper police response to high-speed chases and assault.
When allegations are made concerning family violence, it is important for investigators to look at all of the facts before filing charges. The situation involving a charge of domestic violence may not be what it appears. Sometimes the victim may actually be the aggressor and the person accused may be the victim. Therefore it is important for a thorough investigation to be conducted relating to the alleged assault before an arrest is made.
A Wilton man and woman were injured Monday morning in a domestic violence incident.