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Victim of domestic violence faces child abuse charges

It can be difficult to identify the signs of domestic abuse because perpetrators are often charming and convincing when exerting power over their prey. In an ongoing case in another state, a woman and her daughter have had their relationship challenged even though they were the victims to the violence of their husband and father, respectively. In California, or any state, when children are involved, there are numerous victims when domestic violence occurs.

In July 2011, a woman was choked and then stabbed in the arm with a fork by her husband in their home. The man then fled with their 19-month-old daughter. He was later arrested and sent to prison after being convicted of aggravated assault.

The state's Division of Children and Family Services (DYFS) began investigating the father for child abuse. It later expanded the investigation to include the mother. The mother had her child taken away from her by the state, though evidence to show that she had been abusive or neglectful to her daughter was sorely lacking. In June 2012, a family court judge found the woman not guilty of the child abuse charges brought against her by DYFS.

The woman in this case felt that, by being a victim of domestic violence, she was forced to defend further issues which infringed upon her constitutional rights as a parent. The net effect was damaging to her and to her child. An experienced family law attorney can help domestic violence victims seek protections from their abuser in court. California laws are set to help domestic violence victims become survivors.

Source: lehighvalleylive.com, "Judge reviewing P'burg mom's claim that DYFS trumped up child abuse charge", Nick Falsone, Aug. 17, 2015

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