When Ohio residents hear the phrase "domestic violence," they likely think of women being abused by a men. Although this certainly is the case in the vast majority of domestic violence cases, emotional and physical abuse is not defined by gender. Men, too, can be subjected to domestic violence, and the results can be just as tragic for them as they can be for women.
One such instance occurred recently in Ohio, leaving a man with injuries. According to reports, a man was attacked by his wife after she discovered that he had not bought her a Valentine's Day gift. The woman, who was later found to have a blood-alcohol content of more than 0.2 percent, hit the man and scratched his face, then grabbed a mini baseball bat and started striking him. The attack was so vicious that the man was beaten until he was unconscious, at which point the woman began kicking him in the ribs. The woman was arrested and is now facing felony criminal charges.
Although criminal charges may be a wakeup call for an abuser, many times it only angers them more. Therefore, those who have been subjected to domestic violence may want to seek out other protective measures. One option is to seek a protective order. A temporary order can be obtained quite quickly and, after going to court, it may become permanent.
A protective order can help a domestic violence victim feel safer and give them some leverage in the event that the abuser does not stay away. To ensure that the order is properly sought and enforced, and to discover if domestic violence affects any other aspect of family law, like divorce, an individual may want to get more information about their legal options.
Source: Cleveland.com, "Ohio woman accused of beating husband with mini bat after receiving Valentine's Day gift," Cliff Pinckard, Feb. 15, 2016