There is never any good reason for a person who is married to feel afraid of his or her spouse. Physical violence, mental abuse or emotional distress are all unacceptable in marriages. When these events happen, taking action to prevent harm is necessary. For one former National Football League player's wife, the realities of domestic violence are something that she is allegedly familiar with now, according to court documents.
Artrell Hawkins, who played for the Cincinnati Bengals as a defensive back for six seasons, was recently arrested on domestic violence charges stemming from an incident to which police were called. It occurred in Springdale, Ohio at a home. He allegedly kicked in the basement door and sliced the tires on his wife's car, according to the victim's father. The former football player threatened his wife and children, according to audio from the 911 call. The call also revealed that the couple was "getting separated."
The man's wife told police officers that she was scared for her children's safety after the man kicked the basement door in. Feeling afraid that your spouse will harm your children is never acceptable.
In this case, the man was arrested on a Sunday and expected to appear in court the following day. If she so chooses, his wife might be able to take legal action to help protect her and the children from getting hurt as the result of domestic violence at the hand of her alleged assailant. Seeking the advice of someone with experience in Ohio family law and domestic violence cases might help her to understand her rights regarding legal avenues for protection.
Source: Fox 19, "Former Bengals player arrested on domestic violence charges" Mary Kate Gaffney and Kara Foxx, Feb. 16, 2014