Minnesota families know that domestic violence cases can be very complex. There are a lot of factors at play and oftentimes families attempt to solve the problem amongst themselves, believing that it is a family matter and that the police should not be involved. However, there are many cases where this is the wrong approach to take, because people may be at risk verbal or physical abuse, serious injury or even death.
A recent case in Minnesota illustrates how difficult it can be for some families to trust the intervention of the justice system.
Police were called to a residence in Lake Elmo, Minnesota where they found a 24-year-old man, the alleged victim of domestic abuse by his father. The young man lived in his grandmother's house. According to the information given to police when they arrive at the home, the young man had been assaulted by his father before he fled. The victim reported that his grandmother helped his father to escape the police by giving him her car keys.
While investigating, the police discovered that the victim's father was under a no contact order and that he was not allowed near his son. The grandmother explained to police that she had allowed the accused to enter her home only to talk to his son. The man has a record of three domestic assault convictions over the past five years.
The police have charged the man with felony domestic assault, domestic assault by strangulation and violation of a no contact order.
A no contact order is put in place by the court to prevent abusers from continuing to approach or contact domestic violence victims. In Minnesota, violating a no contact order is a misdemeanor subject to penalties in addition to the other criminal charges that led to the order being issued.
Source: Oakdale Patch, "Man charged with choking his son, violating no contact order" Hannah Gruber, Oct. 18, 2012