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Published On: Wed, Jun 19th, 2019

Guide About Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

Domestic violence has been observed in all parts of the world, even in America. There are numerous examples of domestic violence present in today’s world. When we common people hear the word domestic violence, we usually refer it with physical abuse, which results in visible injuries. A lot of them limit it here. But there is more to it. There are many forms of domestic violence. I shall discuss some with you today.

Forms of Domestic Violence:

Domestic violence can include violence against children, parents, or the elderly. It has a number of forms including physical, verbal, emotional, and sexual and many more. I will discuss a few below to explain domestic violence in detail so that you can have a general idea about it.

  •    Control:

Controlling behavior is a way through which the abuser tries to maintain dominance over the victim. They believe that they have the right to control over the victims and give unusual explanations while asked about it.

  •    Physical Abuse:

Physical abuse is physical aggression in behavior, harming the victim or threatening the victim to harm pets, kids, or property.  This may include hitting, pushing, choking, threatening with a weapon, burning, and or blocking the exit, or locking the victim in one room. This may get much harsh and violent.

  •    Emotional Abuse:

Emotional abuse is any kind of behavior which exploits the victim’s character and confidence. Such behavior includes brainwashing, controlling, manipulating, insulting, etc. The abuser will purposely humiliate the victim in public and criticize too much as to make the victim lose their self -confidence.

  •    Verbal Abuse:

Blaming, threatening, verbal abuse is the use of abusive language, which makes the victim feel uncomfortable and embarrassed. Yelling unnecessarily, terrorizing the victim and name calling all includes in verbal abuse.

  •    Stalking:

Following someone in a way that terrorizes the victim and makes him feel fearful for his safety is stalking. Some of the common stalking behaviors are: Breaking in, emailing messages continuously, following with a car or on foot, harassing calls, sneaking on their activities while hiding, all of this include in stalking.

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Effects on children

Of those women who experience violence, more than 50% have children in their care. Children and young people don’t have to see the violence to be affected by it. Studies show that living with domestic violence can cause physical and emotional harm to children and young people in the following ways

  •    ongoing anxiety and depression
  •    emotional distress
  •    eating and sleeping disturbances
  •    physical symptoms, such as headaches and stomach aches
  •    find it hard to manage stress
  •    low self-esteem
  •    self-harm
  •    be aggressive towards friends and school mates
  •    feel guilty or blame themselves for the violence
  •    have trouble forming positive relationships
  •    develop phobias and insomnia
  •    struggle with going to school and doing school work
  •    use bullying behavior or become a target of bullying
  •    difficulty concentrating
  •    find it hard to solve problems
  •    have less empathy and caring for others

Where domestic or family violence exists, the home is not safe or secure, and children are scared about what might happen to them and the people they love.

Usually, women and children become the victim of domestic violence. Today we are going to discuss child abuse and how to prevent the abuse.

Child Abuse:

Child abuse is a serious issue in many countries and places in today’s world. This may include Th rejection of a child by its parents, child labor, and emotional abuse.

Forms of Child Abuse:

Some forms of child abuse are the following:

  •    Rejection of Child by Its Parents:

Instead of loving and caring for the child, some parents simply ignore him. They deprive their child of rightful parental affection. Being busy in building their careers or work, they don’t give attention to the child and sometimes treat him like an object.

  •    Childhood Neglect:

Many children suffer from ignorance and neglect by parents in their childhood. Neglect starts when parents fail to give proper care and attention to their children. They fail to provide proper food, clothing, love, and support to their child. The neglect can be of any form like emotional neglect, medical neglect, or physical neglect.

  •    Emotional Abuse:

It is the most common abuse experienced by a child, also in domestic violence. It includes parents not expressing love to their children, humiliating in public, setting unreasonable rules, and restricting to avail opportunities. Emotional abuse can also occur outside the home, like in school, by teachers and other kids too. We call it bullying.

  •    Physical Abuse:

Some parents have a violent and aggressive parenting style. They un-necessarily yelled at their child and beat them aggressively. This may make children aggressive in behavior, and affect their personality.

Effects of Child Abuse:

It is a definite fact that all types of abuses and neglect will affect the minds of children in a bad way. Take a look below; we have mentioned the major effects of child abuses;

Emotional Effects:  usually, the children you face child abuse get affected emotionally. They just suffer from the inside, which makes their emotional state weak.  Most of the children get affected from low, and they feel guilt, they just blame themselves for abuse. Children begin to have feelings of hopelessness, hate, despair, misery, and rage. When it reaches an extreme point, it leads to the feeling of suicide.

Impact on future wellbeing:  a lot of research shows that children who face child abuse have low academic progress, and most of them are addicted to drugs. It can lead them to long term physical and mental health issues like depression. If mental health would not be in proper condition than its quite obvious that the future well being will get affected.

How to Prevent Child Abuse:

The best and safest way is to reach out for help. If you are being abused, tell someone close to you. Someone you can trust, and who can help you through the situation. If you have noticed or know someone who is getting abused, help them. The safe and right way to get rid of abuse is, file the case against the abuser and contact domestic violence lawyer. California’s panel code is a great help to fight against domestic violence and child neglect. Let’s study the panel code in detail.  

What You Can Do For Child Neglect in California

In California, if parents are unable to give their children all physical necessities, they get charged, as this is against the law of California. You have observed a lot of times that penal code 270 refers as ‘failure to provide care.’

Now we will get dig in the complete details of laws in California for child neglect.

Legal Description of Penal Code for Child Neglect:

It is quite important to understand the legal description of California penal code 270, child neglect for various reasons. The reason could be that the core problems obtained in the legal description will be that point from which evidentiary investigation begins all through your criminal prosecution.   

There are three ways in which you can end up with an accusation for California penal code 270.

  1.    The first way is to confessing your crime formally by pleading guilty.
  2.    The second way is accepting a plea bargain offer to avoid trials. You will plead because you agreed to do so, based on negotiations with the prosecutor.
  3.    The third and last way is going through trials, where the jury will judge the case and decide whether you are guilty or innocent.

Who Is and Isn’t a Parent According to Panel:

Following are some scenarios which make you the legal parent of the victim (child) according to California panel code 270 Child Neglect:

  •    You are married and reside with the mother of the victim.
  •    You are still considered a parent even if you are divorced and don’t have custody rights.
  •    You are legally considered a parent even if you haven’t met the child (victim).

What are Potential Punishments?

Wondering what the punishments for a conviction under California Penal Code 270 PC Child Neglect are. In this penal code, the prosecutor has two options. He can charge you either with a misdemeanor or a felony. The decision is based on an individual’s criminal history. If you are charged with a misdemeanor, your potential punishment will be a maximum of 1 year in county jail and a maximum charge of two thousand dollars. If you are charged with a felony, the potential punishment includes 1 year in county jail or state prison and a maximum fine of two thousand dollars.

Parents are rarely charged with a felony under California Panel Code 270 PC Child Neglect. This is because the Supreme Court of the United States has found charging parents with felony unconstitutional.

What to Do If You are Falsely Accused?

There are cases when parents are falsely accused with California Penal Code 270 PC Child Neglect. In this case, talk to an experienced attorney. Seek a professional lawyer and give legal justification to the court.

Author: Michael Wright

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