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Domestic Violence Division
The purpose of the Domestic Violence Division of the Johnson County District Attorney's Office is to charge and prosecute criminal cases in which the victim and the defendant have some type of domestic relationship. This division has five prosecutors and several interns assigned to it, who are responsible for prosecuting each criminal case charged. During the previous calendar year, this division charged and prosecuted over 1700 criminal cases in Johnson County, Kansas, alone.
Please read further about how to recognize if you are in an abusive relationship including:
- Types and definition of abuse
- Typical fears of a battered person
- Common profile of an abusive relationship
If, after reading the information on this web site, you have further questions, you may contact our office.
Abuse is a forceful, controlling behavior that coerces a person to do what the abuser wants without regard to their rights, body, or health and include the following:
- Battering & Physical Assault: Throwing objects, pushing, hitting, slapping, kicking, choking, beating up, or attacking with a weapon. Forcing the victim to perform humiliating acts.
- Sexual Assault: Abuse of the vaginal area or forced intercourse (whether vaginal, oral or anal). Any sexual activity to which the victim does not consent.
- Verbal and Emotional Abuse: Told degrading remarks and put-downs; threatening to harm friends, family, children, or pets; or exerting inappropriate control over a person's life.
A battered person typically has fears that may keep them in a violent relationship, such as:
- No one will believe them.
- Everyone will blame them.
- The abuser will take the children.
- The justice system will treat them unfairly.
- They'll have no way to protect themselves or their loved ones.
The fears of battered persons are real and legitimate but there is help available.
A common profile of an abusive relationship is:
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