May god bless this wonderful haven, and those who reside and work within it."Domestic Violence is a violent confrontation between family or household members involving physical harm, sexual assault, or fear of physical harm.Family or household members include spouses / former spouses, those in (or formerly in) a dating relationship, adults related by blood or marriage, and those who have a biological or legal parent-child relationship.

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USING EMOTIONAL ABUSE Insulting her in public or in private Putting down her friends and family Making her feel bad about herself Calling her names Making her think she's crazy Playing mind games Humiliating her Making her feel guilty Using Male Privilege; acting like "Master of the Castle" Treating her like a servant Making all the big decisions Being the one to define men's and women's roles.

USING ECONOMIC ABUSE Preventing her from getting or keeping a job Making her ask for money Giving her an allowance Taking her money Not letting her know about or have access to family income Not allowing her a voice in important financial decisions Demanding exclusive control over household finances.

§61-2-9(b).) Battery in West Virginia is unlawful, intentional physical contact that is insulting or provoking or results in physical harm. Domestic assault and battery in West Virginia also are misdemeanors unless the crime is the offender’s third domestic violence offense. §61-2-14-g(a).) In addition to actual prior convictions, the court also can count prior domestic violence cases in which the defendant participated in a pre-trial diversion or pre-prosecution program.

Injury such as a broken bone, disfigurement, loss of a limb, or requiring surgery or hospitalization is a “serious bodily physical injury.” If an offender commits a violent crime against a family or household member and the crime is more serious than misdemeanor assault or battery, the crime is addressed under the general assault and battery statutes.Before trial, the prosecuting attorney can enter into a pre-trial diversion agreement with a defendant charged with a first-time domestic violence offense, but only if a specific domestic violence pre-trial diversion program is available.The agreement usually provides that the defendant will not be prosecuted for the crime if he complies with certain conditions over a period of time, up to 24 months.The arrest and diversion will be part of the defendant’s criminal record.If the defendant fails to satisfy the conditions of the pre-trial diversion agreement, the agreement usually requires an automatic guilty plea for the offense charged and whatever sentence the court decides to impose.The batterer uses acts of violence and a series of behaviors, including intimidation, threats, psychological abuse, and isolation to coerce and to control the other person.