FAQ About Domestic Violence Cases

My spouse called the police, but she wants the case against me to be dismissed. Won’t the prosecutor dismiss my case if she refuses to press charges? The myth of a case being dismissed when the alleged victim “refuses to press charges” is one of the biggest misconceptions about criminal law. The fact is that ... Read more

Recognizing Abuse

People engage in abusive behavior to try to get their way when others will not, or cannot, comply with their impulses and other demands.  The violence involved in physical abuse, for example, is a tool by which an abuser forces others to do what he, or she, wants.  Sexual abuse, controlling behavior, manipulation, verbal abuse, ... Read more


National Institute of Justice Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office on Women's Health DOMESTIC VIOLENCE REGISTRIES A domestic violence registry is a searchable database of individuals convicted of domestic violence. It is free and open to the public, similar to sex offender registries that exist in most states. The registry includes information such as ... Read more


The term “domestic violence” includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, ... Read more

Womenspace Suggested Links

These are links to national as well as local resources for more information about domestic violence. World Wide Web Resources National Coalition Against Domestic Violence - The National Coalition is dedicated to the empowerment of battered women and their children and therefore is committed to the elimination of personal and societal violence in the lives ... Read more