Allegations of domestic violence or battery are taken very seriously. When law enforcement responds to a domestic violence call, usually one of the parties involved will be arrested. The goal is to remove anyone who law enforcement perceives as the aggressor so that further altercations do not occur after law enforcement leaves the scene.
If signs that violence or battery has occurred, the alleged aggressor is often arrested simply based upon what law enforcement has interpreted as who the victim appears to be.
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Sometimes the wrong person is arrested, as the other party was the aggressor, and the one arrested for a domestic violence crime was simply defending themself.
Prosecutors often proceed with legal charges against a suspect even when the alleged victim chooses not to do so.
There are various types of domestic violence crimes which an individual may be charged with, including, but not limited to: