by Gail Pamukov
The most recent statistics available regarding domestic violence in Michigan are from 1999. According to the Michigan State Police, in 1999 there were 41,822 reported victims of domestic violence. Thirty one people were killed as a result of domestic violence. The numbers tell the story. Domestic violence is a significant problem, affecting every level of society and can result in death.
The crime of domestic violence involves an assault or assault and battery against someone with whom the perpetrator has a special relationship, i.e. a spouse or former spouse, or an individual with whom he or she has or has had a dating relationship, or an individual with whom he or she has a child, or a resident or former resident of his or her household.
The crime of domestic violence can result in a misdemeanor or felony conviction. Misdemeanor penalties can include up to 93 days in jail and fines of $500.00 to one year in jail and fines of $1,000.00. A domestic violence felony is punishable by up to 2 years in prison and fines of $2,500.00. Sentencing can be enhanced depending on the criminal history of the perpetrator.
Domestic violence does not differentiate between men or women. Either may be a victim of this crime. If an individual believes they have been a victim of domestic violence they are urged to contact their local police. In Macomb County, additional information can be obtained from The Turning Point: PO Box 1123 Mt. Clemens, MI 48046; business telephone number (586) 463-4430; 24-hour Hotline: (586) 463-6990; Web Site: http://www.turningpointinc.com.