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Domestic Violence in Phoenix

Domestic violence can take many forms, and many abusers may not be aware that they are inflicting domestic violence on someone else or victims may not realize they are being abused. Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of abusive behavior by a partner in any intimate relationship to gain or maintain control over another partner. Often, domestic violence can take one or more forms: physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological abuse. Victims can also take diverse forms, such as spouses, intimate partners, family members, children, or co-habitants.

If you believe you are the victim of domestic violence, there are several non-profit organizations in the Phoenix area that can assist you, but you may need to contact the authorities if you believe you are in danger. If you have been accused of a domestic violence crime or need legal advice on a domestic violence issue, you should speak with a Phoenix criminal defense attorney.


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