Are You or Your Child Suffering Domestic Abuse?

Our Experienced San Diego Domestic Violence Lawyers Fight for Victims’ Rights

When we find that special someone that we click with — whom we want to spend all our time with and love unconditionally — it might be hard to imagine any alternative other than living happily ever after. Sadly, this happens more often in the movies than in real life. Real life is messy, complicated and full of surprises. Perhaps our partner was always abusive and we just did not know? Perhaps something happened during your relationship which caused them to become abusive? Whatever the reason, it is sometimes impossible to predict abusive behavior — and then it happens. You might be too stunned to react, shocked that anything of the sort could happen. However shocking the situation, it is important to note that domestic violence is rarely a one-time event. Additionally, when children are involved, they too can suffer from your abuse, regardless if they are being abused as well. You and your family’s safety is of paramount import and should be protected — you deserve to safely move on with your lives.

One of the experienced San Diego domestic violence lawyers from Divorce Attorneys San Diego, understand that separating from your spouse under abusive circumstances will be one of the most difficult times of your life. For this reason, we strive to take as much stress from your shoulders as possible. Once we learn the details of your case, we will be able to take swift action in regards to your protection and best interests should you choose to work with us. We can file temporary and permanent restraining orders to ensure your safety during your court proceedings. Your safety is the most important thing to us and we will do everything in our power to protect you and your family to the maximum extent of the law.

What Are the Different Types of Domestic Violence?

Anyone living under an abusive person’s roof is susceptible to domestic abuse. This means that any man, woman or child can be a victim. The following are some of the most commonly reported instances of domestic violence:

  1. Physical abuse. This is the most recognizable type of abuse. However, it is not uncommon for a person who is being abused to try and cover any sign of physical abuse, so it may take some sleuthing to uncover if you are a concerned friend. If you suspect that your friend, relative or co-worker is suffering abuse, then it may be as easy as saying something to them in a private setting that could help him or her with their situation. Common examples of physical domestic abuse include consistent bruises, scratches and/or broken bones.
  2. Verbal/Emotional abuse. While many will automatically think physical abuse when discussing domestic violence, it is important to remember that verbal abuse is just as damaging to a person (especially a child) — and it definitely counts as domestic abuse. Unfortunately, it is common for victims of physical domestic abuse to also suffer verbal and emotional abuse from their abuser. Typical examples of verbal abuse include insults, degrading comments that lower a victim’s confidence and self-image and other forms of verbal humiliation.
  3. Sexual abuse. As evident in recent news, sexual abuse has been running rampant for far too long. This type of abuse can happen in the workplace just as easily as it can at home. Examples of sexual abuse do no just include rape and other forced sexual acts, but also applies to verbal sexual harassment and an abuser forcing their partner to not take contraception (called “reproductive coercion”).

It is a common misconception that only women experience domestic abuse. As mentioned, anyone living under an abusive person’s roof can become a victim. It only takes a matter of minutes for any man, woman or child to suffer life-changing abuse at the hands of someone who was supposed to love them. If this describes your situation, then it is highly recommended that you seek one of the professional San Diego domestic violence lawyers from our firm to help get you and your family to safety.

What Immediate Protection Is Available to Domestic Abuse Victims?

One of the main reasons domestic abuse victims do not reach out for help is fear. What if their abuser finds out? That could make the situation worse. Indeed, it could be a risk to reach out, but the risks of staying under the same roof as your abuser is even more of a risk. Whenever you do reach out, know that there are legal options available to you that can be put into effect immediately that will protect you and your family.

The following are two of the best ways that law enforcement officials and experienced San Diego domestic violence lawyers can protect victims of domestic abuse trying to seek help:

  1. Emergency Protection orders. Oftentimes, when police are dispatched to a domestic abuse call, either the abuser or the abused is made to leave the residence — most often the abuser. In many states, the dispatched police have the authority to issue an “Emergency Protection Order” (EPO). An EPO is a temporary order (usually lasting anywhere from three to seven days) that allows a victim time to get a proper restraining order.
  2. Restraining orders. There are several types of restraining orders available to those seeking protection. For example, you can opt to file a “Temporary Restraining Order” (TRO) which will give you immediate protection from an abuser, much like an EPO. You can make a TRO permanent by going before a judge during your divorce proceedings. Additionally, if you would like to extend additional protection to any children under the age of 18, you can file for a “Juvenile Restraining Order” (JRO).

Any direct violation, no matter how small, of an official protection or restraining order has severe consequences — especially if it is not the first violation. If your abuser so much as steps an inch closer to you or your family than he or she should, and there is an order in place, then you have the right to report the incident to the police. The abuser will be arrested, face additional charges (felony, misdemeanor etc.) and possible jail time.

Looking for a Way Out of Your Abusive Relationship? Call Us Today

Suffering abuse at the hands of your partner should never be something that a person has to endure. Sadly, this is the reality we live in. The San Diego domestic violence lawyers at our California family law firm understand that this is a delicate and emotional time for you and your family. Once we are on the case, it is our goal to alleviate as much stress as possible so you have time to start mending.

If you are looking to separate from your abuser, but are not sure where to start, then please contact our office today to schedule a consultation. For a fee of $99, you will be able to sit down with one of the experienced San Diego domestic violence lawyers at our firm to discuss the details of your case and what next steps are advisable. Even if you decide not to work with us, we can point you in the right direction by providing information about resources available to domestic violence victims and how to obtain a restraining order.

Contact us today to see how we can help you.