Civil Damages For Domestic Violence Injuries

"Woman Beaten By Husband Wins Suit" was the headline of an MSNBC article, reporting on a $550,000 actual and punitive damage award to a domestic violence victim. "Margaret Drew, the former head of the American Bar Association's Domestic Violence Commission, said that lawsuits are "something that 90 percent of victims never think of." She said the prospect of more months or years in court is daunting, but "in the last few years, I think more lawyers who represent domestic violence victims are discussing the possibility of bringing a civil action."