Domestic violence is any intentional acts of physical, sexual, psychological or economic direction of one family member against another family member, if these actions violate constitutional rights and freedoms of a family member as a person and a citizen, and cause non-pecuniary damage, harm physical or mental health. Thus, a victim of domestic violence can be a woman who is constantly berated and beat by her husband, a teenage girl, who suffers from sexual harassment of her stepfather, a boy, who has an alcoholic mother, etc.
Physical violence in the family is the intentional infliction of beatings, bodily injuries by one family member to another, which can lead or has led to disruption of the normal state of physical or mental health or death of the victim, as well as the humiliation of a person’s honor and dignity.
Sexual violence in the family is forcing to unwanted sexual relations in the family, as well as sexual acts with a minor family member.
Psychological violence in the family is the violence associated with the pressure by one family member on the psyche of another through deliberate verbal abuse or threats, harassment, intimidation, leading the victim to a state of emotional insecurity, loss of the ability to protect themselves and may cause or have caused harm to mental health.
Economic violence in the family is intentional actions by one family member against another, aimed at depriving the victim of housing, food, clothing and other property or funds for which the person is legally entitled. Such actions may harm the physical or mental health or even lead to death of the victim.
Courts should not consider putting a child in the custody of an abuser. Studies have shown that the best interest of the child is rarely served by putting a child with a parent who is physically abusive to either a child or a child’s parent. The constitutional right which grants protection to all parents’ rights for the custody of their children should not be applied to protect the rights of the abuser while ignoring the right to safety of the child.
Before biological ties between the child and the abuser have pardoned the risk of danger that might happen to the child in the care of that parent.
Joint custody is sometimes a solution to the domestic violence. However, it is always an unsafe arrangement when one parent has abused the other. This is usually ignored and the health of the children is disregarded most of the time. As long as the court doesn’t know the abuser subjects the child to abuse, it finds there is no reason to prolong protection to the child.
Domestic violence is any intentional acts of physical, sexual, psychological or economic direction of one family member against another family member, if these actions violate constitutional rights and freedoms of a family member as a person and a citizen, and cause non-pecuniary damage, harm physical or mental health.