Domestic violence can take many forms, including physical violence such as hitting, kicking, or choking; sexual violence, such as unwanted sexual contact or assault; emotional abuse, such as verbal threats, insults, or manipulation; and financial abuse, such as controlling a partner’s finances or preventing them from working.
Domestic violence is not a criminal offence itself, but it is sub-set of offences based on your relationship with the complainant. Domestic violence cases have issues, events, and legal considerations that arise right from the outset, and that you may overlook leading to lasting consequences if not addressed effectively.
In the Canadian law, there is no offence called domestic assault. When you are charged with a domestic offence it connotes the nature of the relationship between the accused and the complainant. Domestic charges can range from simple assault, sexual assault, to homicide (murder).
If you are charged with domestic assault or other domestic charges, one of the questions people often ask is “how do I get my charges withdrawn?”