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What's the legal impact on the perpetrators of violence against women?
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Dr. Kathryn Seifert
Clinical Psychology
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In brief: It is a criminal act
The legal impact is the same as violence against anyone in the community.
Depending on its seriousness, it could include probation, counseling, or jail time. Often the problem is a woman's reluctance to testify against her attacker out of fear or loyalty or belief that he will not do it again. Legal action is probably the best way to get an abusive partner to stop being violent.

In brief: It is a criminal act
The legal impact is the same as violence against anyone in the community.
Depending on its seriousness, it could include probation, counseling, or jail time. Often the problem is a woman's reluctance to testify against her attacker out of fear or loyalty or belief that he will not do it again. Legal action is probably the best way to get an abusive partner to stop being violent.
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