Domestic assault is not limited to spousal abuse. As a Pennsylvania woman unfortunately recently found out, domestic violence can happen with unmarried couples, as well. Married or not, though, a person behind the abuse still may be held legally responsible for domestic violence.
According to the Lansdale Police, who responded to the domestic disturbance, the incident started when the woman and her 43-year-old boyfriend had an argument at a local store. The disagreement escalated as the couple arrived in their apartment parking lot in order to unload their groceries. The man reportedly punched his girlfriend in the face around five or six times.
In the woman's affidavit, she recounted that she was left lying on the pavement of the parking lot after being struck. She was unsure if she was knocked out, but she was able to call 911 while her boyfriend proceeded to go inside her apartment. Police found the woman in the parking lot, visibly distraught and with facial swelling. The woman complained of having blurred vision and a sore nose. Her boyfriend was arrested and charged with second-degree simple assault, a misdemeanor, and harassment. A $25,000 bail was set for his release. He is set to appear in court again on April 29.
Domestic violence should be nipped in the bud as soon as it rears its ugly head. Otherwise, it can easily escalate into other forms of criminal behavior against a victim and people around them. A Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, victim should not only think about his or her own safety, but the safety of children and loved ones, as well.
A restraining order can help keep a perpetrator from contacting or approaching a victim. A victim also should consider the possibility of filing criminal charges against a perpetrator. For domestic violence victims, taking appropriate legal action is a step toward achieving security and peace of mind.
Source: The Reporter, "Philadelphia man facing assault charge in connection to reported domestic violence incident," Michael Goldberg, April 8, 2014