According to a recent article surrounding domestic violence, apparently a new effort to raise awareness of domestic violence has been implemented on Tinder, an online dating site. The rationale is that many women and men experience violence in relationships. In fact, experts suggest that twenty people are involved in domestic violence every minute! Due to this alarming discovery, a series of fake profiles have been developed on Tinder to help users identify signs that a relationship may take a negative turn. On the fake profiles are a series of images, displaying men looking threatening or acting badly, leading up to an image about keeping yourself safe.
What is Domestic Violence in Colorado?
Domestic Violence, C.R.S 18-6-800.3, states that in Adams, Routt and Summit County, there is “an act or threatened act of violence upon a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship.” If someone were to harm another person, property, or an animal, with the intent to control, punish, intimidate, or get revenge within that relationship, it would also be seen as domestic violence.
How is Domestic Violence Applied in Douglas County and Across Colorado?
While the profiles on Tinder are doing a great job of spreading awareness, simply stating “Don't Let It Get Ugly” as a slogan isn't always going to save those involved in a potential domestic violence case. While it is true that many consensual partners later claim rape, there are real victims of sexual assault who could not prevent the crime. Let's look at an example of what a real domestic violence charge can look like.
The “Not-So-Nice-Guy” Scenario:
Lindsey and David have been friends for almost a year, but have only been dating for a couple of weeks. On occasion, they have nice dinners together, attend sports games, or get together with their group of friends. One night, Lindsey and David end up leaving a dinner outing after midnight. Lindsey is tired, so David offers for Lindsey to stay at his place. When they get back to his place, however, David tries to take advantage of Lindsey and force her to have sex with him. Lindsey fights back and prevents the sexual assault, yet she leaves with cuts and bruises.”
In this scenario, David would likely be charged with Domestic Violence—Attempted Sexual Assault, for hurting and threatening to hurt her. In many cases, people can be charged with sex crimes such as Unlawful Sexual Contact, which can then turn into domestic violence cases.
Why You Need a Sex Crime Lawyer in Colorado
If convicted of a domestic violence crime, a criminal record could follow you for the rest of your life. Your chance at finding employment, housing, or possessing a firearm will all be impacted. The attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office care for you and your circumstances. We will not rest until a solid defense is before your jury.Request a Free Consultation