Deciphering domestic violence charges and casework can be tricky. In Colorado, the definition of domestic violence—sometimes called battering or partner abuse—is “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.”
Sometimes these actions are overt; other times the control is subtle and ongoing. For abuse to fall into the category of domestic violence, the person acting violent toward another or threatening violence must be in an intimate relationship with the victim. This can include a current or former spouse, past or present unmarried couple, or persons who are both the parents of the same child, regardless of whether the persons have been married or have lived together at any time.
Domestic violence cases are also different in the legal ramifications involving these specific charges. Here are some of the most profound differences that anyone facing a defending domestic violence charge should know: