As has been discussed in a previous post on this blog, domestic violence is a very real problem throughout Ohio. Yet, when many hear of domestic violence, they often think of instances where spouses or significant others get into a disagreement that becomes physical. Though this certainly happens in a significant number of domestic violence incidents, it is not the only way the domestic violence can occur. For an illustration, one need only look to a recent incident in Columbus.
Recently, the father of Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther was charged with domestic violence after an incident that occurred in his home. According to police, the 69-year-old man punched his 19-year-old granddaughter in the side after taking several swings at her. The grandfather was taken into custody and now faces charges for assault and domestic violence.
In an instance like this, the granddaughter may want to seek a protective order. Such an order, if obtained, would prevent the abuser from having contact with the victim. This can help ensure that the victim feels safe, and provides legal remedies if the order is violated.
Though it might be difficult to take legal action against a family member, oftentimes it is necessary. However, the process can be frightening and legally difficult, especially if the abuser challenges the protective order. With this in mind, domestic violence victims in Ohio may want to seek out an ally who can help them put forth the legal arguments needed to stand a chance at obtaining the protection they need and deserve. In many instances, a family law attorney can assist in this process.
Source: The Columbus Dispatch, "Mayor Ginther's father accused of assaulting granddaughter," Mark Ferenchik, April 23, 2016