Many couples, including those in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, have occasional disagreements. Arguments are a part of the dynamic of a normal relationship. Others even perceive arguing as a healthy way to learn how to communicate better and compromise. However, when arguments escalate to physical, emotional and even sexual abuse, they can be considered domestic violence.
Two male Lackawanna County correction officers may find themselves behind the same bars that they are guarding after being arrested for spousal abuse. The incidents happened on two separate occasions. The first occurred on March 8, when the wife of a 25-year-old corrections officer reported to the police that her husband choked her while they were in their home. He also threatened to kill her. The wife, who was hyperventilating and visibly shaken, stated that the argument ensued when she got home after going out with her friends.
The second incident involved a 35-year-old corrections officer. He was arrested after police went to his home and was met by his wife, who had a bloody nose and a swollen face. The abuse stemmed from a verbal dispute that turned physical when the man allegedly choked his wife. He also allegedly struck her face when he forced her out of the house.
Both men were charged with domestic violence. The prison's warden confirmed that the two correctional officers were suspended without pay after being arrested for off-duty misconduct.
Domestic problems are common. However, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania couples should not let their anger and frustration get the best of them. Like the men in this case, a person can face charges for hurting a partner. A victim of domestic violence can file a restraining order to prevent the abuser from contacting and approaching the victim. A victim can also file a criminal charge against the abuser if the restraining order seems insufficient.
Source: Corrections One, "2 Pa. Cos suspended after arrests for domestic violence," David Singleton, March 19, 2014