Those accused of domestic violence face swift punishment in a court of law and in the court of public opinion. While it's important victims of domestic violence are protected from harm, we need to develop a deeper understanding of the circumstances that cause domestic violence to begin with.
Society would benefit from an in-depth approach to understanding the motivations that drive domestic violence. Of course, there are instances that trigger an act of violence against a partner or family member. These triggers might include:
- Financial arguments
- Different opinions
- Substance abuse
The triggers listed above are only a few examples of what might light the fuse of violence, but in most cases, they aren't the root cause of the violence. The root of someone's inability to handle conflict is often the result of childhood trauma.
Childhood Trauma Fuels Domestic Violence
Our culture is on the cusp of more fully appreciating how harmful traumas experienced during our formative years can be. Those childhood insecurities turn into triggers if they aren't properly treated. For example, children who experience financial or food insecurity might resort to theft, and children who experience violence might become violent. These kids don't evolve into adult criminals because it sounds like a good time; they do so because it's a survival instinct.
Break the Cycle of Domestic Violence Crimes
The vast majority of individuals accused of domestic violence can point to some childhood trauma. There's a misconception that this trauma only befalls the underprivileged. In fact, no socioeconomic class is immune to childhood trauma or domestic violence. The cruel irony is how childhood trauma can create a vicious cycle. A father who was abused as a child might become an abusive father to his own kids. This cycle can continue for generations if it's not broken.
If you or someone you love has been accused of domestic violence, you should consider getting the help you need. This help is two-fold. If you've been accused of domestic violence in New Jersey, you'll need to retain an experienced NJ criminal defense attorney. You should also reach out to mental health professionals or substance abuse counselors. It's easier than it's ever been to seek help, and these days, there's no stigma associated with asking for help. In fact, it's often applauded.
Talk to New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney Joseph Lento
Although you might have the rest of your life to resolve your emotional trauma, your legal battle is time sensitive. You should retain a defense attorney as soon as you're accused of domestic violence in New Jersey. Defense Attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm Criminal Defense Team Defense Team are dedicated to helping you navigate the complicated and emotional waters of defending your domestic violence case. To learn how the Lento Law Firm can help you, call 888-535-3686 today or contact us online.