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What are the most common types of domestic violence in Maine?

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There are 3 primary types of domestic violence that residence of Maine unfortunately fall victim to.

PHYSICAL VIOLENCE

Physical abuse between two members of a household can include any kind of contact that is carried out with the intention of inflicting bodily harm, intimidating the other, causing pain or offensive physical contact. This includes instances of hitting, punching, choking, burning, pushing, slapping, etc. Other, less damaging but still serious forms of physical abuse, includes spitting on someone, throwing food or a drink in your partner’s face and/or other humiliating forms of contact that the person would find offensive.

SEXUAL VIOLENCE

Sexual abuse between two domestic partners includes forcing upon the other any unwanted sexual contact. Even if both parties are spouses and have previously engaged in consensual sex, if one partner is being coerced against their will, this could be considered marital rape. The scope of this offense includes any intimidating and/or physically forceful behavior used to engage in an unwanted sexual act. Normally, marital rape is charged as a felony as it is Gross Sexual Assault.

VERBAL VIOLENCE

Verbal abuse normally takes the form of Criminal Threatening or Terrorizing and includes language or behavior where the person is placed in fear that a threat to commit violence will be carried out. These types of allegations are traditionally the most difficult forms of Domestic Violence to prove and a good Portland ME domestic violence attorney can craft solid defenses in the face of these allegations.”

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