Domestic Violence Archives

Gun surrender laws may reduce domestic violence death rates

States that have gun-surrender laws for those who commit acts of domestic violence generally have lower fatality rates related to domestic violence. This was the conclusion of a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Overall, the states that had such restrictions had 9.7 percent fewer homicides caused by intimate partners. In Minnesota and throughout the country, domestic violence victims tend to be female, but members of either gender can be victims.

Income doesn't protect against abuse

The fact that people who live in wealthy neighborhoods could be victims of domestic violence may surprise some Minnesota residents. However, a July murder-suicide involved victims who live in an affluent part of Springfield, Missouri. In that incident, police believe that a 66-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman were each found with a single gunshot wound. Authorities say that the two were in a romantic relationship and that the man fired the shots.

Emotional abuse as a part of domestic violence

There are people in Minnesota whose spouses employ such subtle abuse tactics that neither party may be aware, exactly, of what is happening. Spousal emotional abuse often manifests in the victim a feeling that something is wrong along with an inability to pinpoint what that somethings is. The victim may experience feelings of stress, anxiety or depression. Although emotional abuse and physical abuse are quite different, they are also similar in some respects. The victim is made fearful and forced to alter behaviors so his or her partner can be happy.

Common behaviors of domestic abusers

Domestic violence is pervasive throughout Minnesota and the rest of the country. People who abuse their partners and family members can come from any socioeconomic level, race, culture or religion. To people outside the home, they often appear to be nice and law-abiding. In one study of domestic abusers, 90 percent of them had no criminal record.

Child custody and visitation and domestic abuse

For some Minnesota parents, a marriage may end due to allegations of domestic abuse. When this happens, these allegations may also affect child custody. However, a court will look for evidence of abuse instead of just taking a person's word that the abuse has occurred. This includes examining physical evidence, such as photographs and police reports.

Suspected child abuse increased 25 percent from 2015 to 2016

Minnesota parents may be horrified to learn that the number of children in the state who were believed to be neglected or abused increased by 25 percent between 2015 and 2016. Authorities believed that the increase may be due to multiple factors, including awareness, a growing opioid crisis and how reports are reviewed.

Many domestic violence survivors suffer from head trauma

In recent years, there have been many news reports about concussions suffered by football players and U.S. war veterans. However, comparably little attention has been paid to the head trauma regularly suffered by domestic violence victims in Minnesota and across the United States.

Amber Heard accuses Johnny Depp of abuse

Minnesota movie fans may have heard about the impending divorce between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. Although not much is known concerning the details of their filing, some of the allegations surrounding the situation may prove illuminating for others in a similar one.

Domestic violence abusers may gain right to firearms

Minnesota residents who have been convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor may be able to purchase and own firearms if a Supreme Court decision goes their way. At present, the Lautenberg Amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968 prohibits people who have been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence from buying or owning guns.

New restraining-order-related initiative in Minnesota

One of the legal steps generally available to Minnesota domestic violence victims is to make a request for a restraining order, also known as an order of protection. Domestic abuse lawyers can answer questions those who have been subjected to domestic violence have about the restraining order process and can assist them with requesting such an order. 

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