Battery is an offense that occurs when an actor commits a harmful or offensive touching against another person, resulting results in harm to that person. To be liable, an offender need only have intended the touching, and not necessarily the harm that resulted. Recently, Andruw Jones, a former outfielder for the New York Yankees, was accused of committing battery against his wife.
Recently, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that increases the penalties for domestic abuse offenses. Repeated instances of domestic violence are no longer considered misdemeanors, but instead are felonies. Also, the new legislation requires that judges consider more risks that the defendant poses before setting bail. This fixes the problem of domestic assault perpetrators getting a low bail, which would allow them the chance to abuse the victim again before trial.
Post Title: Domestic violence carries financial costs for victims