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Is stalking a form of domestic violence?

On behalf of Starbranch Law on Monday, July 23, 2018.

If you have been accused of domestic violence in the state of New Hampshire, it is important to know that it is a very serious charge, and can result in jail time. Many people accused of domestic violence can be confused in regard to what type of behavior it constitutes, and they do not know exactly how to defend themselves. It is important that anyone accused of domestic violence conduct adequate research.

Domestic violence is a broad area of the law and there are many aspects that define it. It is, first of all, defined as a type of harassment or abuse from one person that is directed toward one or multiple domestic relations. This domestic relation could be a romantic partner, regardless of whether the romantic couple share the same home.

How is stalking related to domestic violence?

When many people think of domestic violence, they commonly associate the crime with violence and physical abuse, and they typically imagine that it takes place inside the home. While this can be true, it is important to note that domestic abuse can happen anywhere, and it is not isolated to acts of physical aggression and abuse. Domestic violence can be in the form of psychological abuse, and it can be in the form of harassment, and, indeed, stalking.

Many states across the country have specific legislation that addresses the act of stalking as part of a domestic violence charge. Usually they make direct references to how the stalking caused the victim to become distressed, fearful or frightened. If the stalker knew of the distress he or she was causing, it is likely that the individual will be charged more harshly than if he or she did not intend to cause any emotional or physical harm.

If you have been accused of stalking under a domestic assault allegation in the state of New Hampshire, it is important that you consider the entire situation so that you can defend yourself in a successful way.

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