Domestic Violence: What Can I Expect From the Law?
Domestic violence is a serious problem. In Ada County, there were 3,743 service calls related to domestic abuse including domestic battery and threats in 2018 alone. If you are a victim of domestic violence, you may be wondering what the law can do to help.
First and foremost, domestic violence is a crime in the state of Idaho. In certain cases, it may even be a felony. Incidents of domestic violence should be reported to the police. Sometimes, speaking with an attorney or counselor first can make this easier.
Even if your abuser is not convicted of a crime, you may have remedies under the civil law. An act of domestic violence can constitute a variety of torts including assault, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Victims of domestic violence may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses or property damage, as well as pain and suffering. In especially outrageous cases, punitive damages to punish perpetrators may be appropriate.
Because domestic violence often occurs within the context of a divorce and/or child custody dispute, it is important to discuss these matters with a family law attorney. Acts of domestic violence can have important implications for the best interests of the child(ren), which is the legal standard by which Idaho courts make custody determinations.
If you are struggling with domestic violence, ensure your own safety above all else. Please give us a call at 208-713-8620, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or send us a message on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dklawboise. You and your family are our top priority.