Domestic Violence

If you have been accused of or charged with Domestic Violence, you need to contact the highly qualified domestic violence lawyer Dana Casper today so she can help you through this challenging time.

The State of Colorado defines domestic violence, also referred to as battering, partner abuse, or spousal abuse, as a pattern of behavior in which one person attempts to control another through threats or actual use of physical, verbal, or psychological violence or sexual assault on their current or past intimate partner. It is important to note that the term domestic violence also covers any kind of coercion, control, punishment, intimidation, or revenge against an intimate partner. In Colorado, even seemingly mild actions, such as destroying an object belonging to an intimate partner out of anger or jealousy when that person is not around, can be considered domestic violence.

Specifically, the following actions can constitute domestic violence:
See http://www.cobar.org/index.cfm/ID/21062 for more details.

Physical Violence

  • • pushing, shoving, slapping, biting, kicking, choking, pinching, pulling hair, hitting, grabbing, beating
  • • stabbing, shooting
  • • purposely locking out of the house
  • • abandoning in dangerous places
  • • throwing objects
  • • destruction of property
  • • subjecting to reckless driving
  • • threatening with a weapon
  • • refusing victim help while sick or pregnant
  • • any physical restraint
  • • purposely cutting off victim’s hair
  • • use of any object to inflict pain, punishment, or to intimidate

Sexual Abuse

  • • telling anti-women, homophobic jokes to humiliate, embarrass, intimidate, or hurt
  • • forcing sex
  • • rape
  • • unwanted fondling and touching
  • • ritual abuse
  • • sexual innuendos
  • • accusation of promiscuity or infidelity
  • • forcing victim to dress in a more sexual way than is comfortable for her/him
  • • forcing victim to strip or perform other sexual acts
  • • forcing sex while others watch, or with objects, or after beatings
  • • using sex to bargain or withhold for punishment or manipulation

Emotional Abuse

  • • ignoring emotionally
  • • yelling at for small actions
  • • calling victim names, using put downs, demeaning
  • • constantly over-criticizing or telling victim she/he is fat, ugly, stupid
  • • telling victim she/he cannot do certain things well
  • • threatening
  • • harassing
  • • isolating from friends and family, forbidding to socialize, drive, work, or make certain decisions
  • • threatening suicide or homicide
  • • threatening abandonment, kidnapping of children, calling social services or law enforcement, outing, hurting family, friends, and/or pets
  • • manipulating with lies and contradictions
  • • punishing by withholding affection or appreciation
  • • not encouraging victim to build self-esteem
  • • little or no communication
  • • blaming
  • • humiliating in public or private
  • • stalking
  • • setting time limits
  • • preventing victim from leaving the house
  • • disconnecting the phone
  • • hiding the car keys
  • • preventing victim from going to a place of worship or from praying
  • • abusing a pet
  • • destroying victim’s treasures

Economic Abuse

  • • taking all the money from a joint account
  • • stealing joint property or possessions
  • • withholding money
  • • forbidding victim to work
  • • forcing victim to ask for money
  • • not allowing access to any financial documents
  • • not allowing any input into financial decisions
  • • not allowing any control over or access to money, financial statements, and documents
  • • requiring receipts and exact change for financial transactions
  • • ruining victim’s credit
  • • forcing victim to work while partner refuses to
  • • requiring victim to turn over every paycheck to partner
  • • preventing victim from getting or keeping a job (including not providing agreed upon childcare or transportation, or destroying work clothes/uniforms)
  • • harassing victim at work
  • • refusing to pay child support

Domestic violence can be overt and/or subtle. (Source MSEC)

  • • overt direct action such as homicide, vandalism to the victim’s car or other property, and threats.
  • • subtle direct action such as use of workplace property to commit an illegal act such as sending threatening, harassing, or abusive e-mail and faxes; use of workplace property to violate protective orders, such as phoning the victim when prohibited by court order; and use of an agency car to follow (stalk) the victim.

If you have been accused of or charged with domestic violence in Colorado, please contact Dana Casper today at 303 – 333 – 2276 so she can provide you with the top-notch criminal defense you deserve.