The relationship between poor mental health and domestic violence cuts both ways.
Studies show that instances of domestic violence worsen victims' psychological and physical health. Conversely, we can understand on a basic human level that someone suffering from mental health disorders may be more prone to impose violence on another person.
It's only logical that a veritable mental health crisis plaguing the United States has caused greater rates of domestic violence. If you or a loved one are facing legal consequences because of an instance of domestic violence, get legal help.
Thanks to Unprecedented Mental Health Deficits, There Is Increased Risk of Domestic Violence Charges
The pandemic has shone a light on the alarming state of mental health in the United States and abroad. Global instances of anxiety and depression increased by 25% in the first year of the pandemic, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
This spike constituted the acceleration of a preexisting trend—not something altogether new. Prior to “COVID” becoming a worldwide buzzword, researchers observed widespread despair and mental health deficits, particularly among disadvantaged Americans.
These statistics are concerning, for one reason, because of their implications for domestic violence. Mood-related mental illnesses, in particular, make individuals more likely to both perpetrate and be victims of domestic violence.
Through these data, we know that the growing mental health problem in the United States and elsewhere will continue to fuel a rash of domestic violence events.
If You Find Yourself in Legal Trouble, Retain an Attorney as Soon as Possible
As an attorney, Joseph D. Lento sees many clients embroiled in domestic disputes. In many cases, the circumstances are more complex than they first appear.
When someone stands accused of domestic violence, context matters. Though our society never condones violence against a domestic partner, we also grant every American the right to explain their actions or defend themselves.
Amidst a backdrop of mental health problems, the courts are often willing to grant leniency based on your unique circumstances. A judge may understand that a difficult time in your life contributed to a dispute between you and a spouse or family member.
Having an effective attorney to defend you may make the difference in your case's outcome.
Call the Lento Law Firm Today to Discuss Your Case
Attorney Joseph D. Lento advocates for those who have hit a difficult time in their life. If you struggle with mental health issues and face a domestic violence charge, then you need all the help you can get. We are ready to seek the best possible outcome for your case.
A conviction for domestic violence offenses may result in prison time, fines that you cannot afford to pay, and a criminal record that follows you throughout life. Hiring an attorney is, for most facing domestic violence charges, a move to protect their present and future. Do not wait. Contact the Lento Law Firm at 888-525-3686.