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Domestic Violence, Women, and Self-Defense

 Posted on June 23, 2023 in Criminal Law

Waukesha Domestic Violence LawyerWomen are now being arrested for domestic violence nearly as frequently as men. There are a number of reasons for this increase in the number of women being arrested. One is that domestic violence against men is being taken more seriously. However, it can be difficult for police to determine who is the victim and who is the offender when they have not witnessed the violence themselves. While women are being arrested more frequently, men are still far more likely to be convicted. These statistics may suggest that more women are being erroneously arrested, leading their cases to be dismissed later. Yet, defending against a domestic violence charge can be challenging. There is a strong societal distaste for perpetrators of relationship violence. Even if you were defending yourself or did not commit the offense you are accused of, it is very important to have a skilled attorney representing you. 

Facts About Domestic Violence Arrests and Gender

Perpetrators of domestic violence and victims of domestic violence can be people of any gender. However, some evidence suggests that women are more likely to be arrested for an offense they did not commit. Roughly 30-40% of people arrested for domestic violence are women. However, more than 90% of those convicted of domestic violence are men. This likely means that many women who are arrested for domestic violence will not be convicted. This statistic may give you hope if you are a woman who has been arrested for a crime of domestic violence. 

One possible explanation is that some women are arrested for defending themselves. Police cannot always tell which party is the aggressor and which is the victim. Generally, when police respond to a domestic violence call, neither party is calm and collected when they arrive. Women who have been the victim of domestic violence may display anger and fear, causing police to misinterpret the situation and believe that the victim is actually the perpetrator. 

Help for Women Arrested for Self-Defense

If you were arrested for domestic violence while defending yourself, there is a strong possibility that with the help of an experienced lawyer, you can avoid conviction. It is important to follow the advice of your attorney throughout the proceedings. You must also follow any temporary orders from the police or court. For example, if a temporary protection order was issued against you, respecting the requirements while your case is pending is important. 

Contact a Waukesha Domestic Violence Lawyer 

Bucher, Wolff & Sonderhouse, LLP is experienced in defending women who have been falsely accused of domestic violence. Our skilled Waukesha domestic violence attorneys will do all we can to help clear your name. To begin with a complimentary consultation, contact us at 262-232-6699

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