Domestic violence doesn't always take place between two spouses. The law defines domestic violence as disputes between any family members or two people in a relationship. Whatever the case may be, the common misconceptions happen all too often. Many times people shake their heads and ask, why didn't she/he just leave? The truth of the matter is, when violence in the home or relationship takes place the abuser is often not mentally stable, is manipulative, or both. Getting up and leaving, if not done with the proper planning and help, can make the situation much more dangerous, if not deadly. However, often times domestic violence charges can be handed out inaccurately, which can lead to a whole host of problems for the accused.