3 Ways To Prove Domestic Abuse In Court

20 March 2015
 Categories: Law, Blog


Sadly, both men and women can be victims of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is so common that 1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lives, and 3 million men will fall victim in the United States. If you have been the victim of domestic abuse, it is important that you take the necessary action. This means supporting the criminal charges of your abuser and helping the state to prove the abuse. Here are a couple ways that you can prove domestic abuse in court.

1. Witnesses

Sometimes it can be very hard to prove domestic abuse. This is because so many times it happens in the privacy of your own home. However, in some cases there may have been a friend or family member present for some of the abuse who could testify. In addition, you might have a neighbor who heard or saw something.

Even if the person did not see the abuse, if they saw you immediately after, they can testify to your injuries. This would still be helpful. Ideally, it is best if they saw the actual abuse happen, but if they didn't, they can at least testify to what they did see.

2. Records

It is up to you to keep records of any abuse. For example, if you have an injury from abuse, take a picture. This may be hard emotionally as you are in pain and grieving, but it will really help to prove the injury. It is best if the picture is dated.

You should also seek medical attention. Medical records can really benefit you if you are trying to prove abuse in court. A doctor can testify to the injuries, even if they don't know exactly how you got them. However, certain injuries can be deduced to how they happened. For instance, a black eye might very well be a sign of a fist to the face and not an accidental injury.

3. Testimony

Don't underestimate the power of your own testimony. You should practice telling your story. Try to make sure that you have all your dates and facts correct, if you don't know an answer, say "I don't know"—don't try to make up anything. This will only discredit you. Instead, be honest, be confident and simply tell your story the best you know how.

These are 3 ways that you can prove domestic violence in court. For more information, contact a domestic violence attorney at http://www.jdlarsonlaw.com.