It's hard to talk about domestic violence. Victims often don't want to talk about it, but they deserve to be heard. The people accused of committing domestic violence may not want to talk about it, but they deserve a defense.
By definition, domestic violence occurs within a private relationship, and often with no other witnesses present. That makes it hard for the law to deal with it.
In the past, law enforcement treated accusations of domestic violence as a he said/she said situation, where the truth was unknowable to outsiders. Some states wouldn't allow police to arrest people for domestic violence unless the officers personally saw witnessed it.
More recently, lawmakers and law enforcement have tried to take a more interventionist approach. They see domestic violence as a cycle of behavior that gets worse if it is not stopped. With that model in mind, they have created a system of protective orders, such as temporary restraining orders, that are intended to protect victims from alleged abusers.
To victims, the quickness of these orders is their advantage. It protects them before the abuse gets worse. To the accused, the quickness can seem like punishment before they have had the chance to defend themselves.
Hopefully, everyone agrees domestic violence is a terrible problem for society at large, and the authorities should do something to stop it. On a more individual level, domestic violence laws can have serious consequences for the accused, and a defendant can face years of consequences as a result of a moment of poor judgment, or even because of a false accusation.
At our firm, we help people who have been accused of crimes, including domestic violence. We stand up for our clients' rights and protect their futures. Learn more on our domestic violence page.