Seek Support From Domestic Violence Attorneys
Rombro & Associates is experienced in obtaining restraining orders against perpetrators of domestic violence, as well as challenging orders which were brought improperly for the purpose of harassment or intimidation. Our domestic violence attorneys understand the impact of domestic violence charges on divorce proceedings as well as their impact on the lives of the family members involved.
Protecting Yourself from Domestic Violence
If you are in immediate danger of domestic violence, we recommend you first:
- Find a safe place to stay: If you have a relative, friend, or coworker nearby and can safely make your way to their home or apartment, do so. You can also stay in a nearby shelter or a hotel or motel, if you are able.
- Contact the police and a domestic violence attorney: As soon as you find a safe place to stay and catch your breath, contact the police. They will ask you to provide a statement so they can begin collecting evidence. Then, we recommend you contact a domestic violence lawyer to review your legal options. If you believe you are in imminent danger, we can file a temporary restraining order mandating that your abuser stays away.
- Seek mediation: We can work to resolve marital disputes having to do with child custody and your safety.
- Press charges: If mediation is not a viable option, we can press charges against your abuser.
Temporary Restraining Orders
The Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) is a tool available to protect victims of domestic violence. A TRO can order the person restrained to move out of your house and not contact or go near you, your children, other relatives or others who live with you. A TRO can also make other orders, such as restraining a person from having a gun or directing the person to follow child custody and visitation orders and pay child support or spousal support.
A TRO can order the person restrained to move out of your house and not contact or go near you, your children, other relatives or others who live with you.
A TRO is temporary by nature and stays in effect until a hearing is held on a court date established at the time the TRO is granted. At that hearing, the protective order may be canceled or may become permanent for up to five years.
A domestic violence restraining order is available to a person who has been abused by someone in a close relationship with that person, such as a spouse, ex-spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, former boyfriend/girlfriend or a relative. Abuse can be verbal or written as well as physical.
A temporary restraining order is also available to a victim of stalking or civil harassment. Such harassment includes unlawful violence, but also includes a credible threat of violence, or other threatening actions directed against a person. A civil harassment restraining order is available when the harasser is a neighbor, roommate, co-worker, or other nonrelative.
What Counts as Domestic Violence?
- Physical: Physical domestic violence includes but is not limited to choking, hitting, slapping, grabbing, scratching, pinching, shoving, pulling hair, and even denying the victim medical care.
- Sexual: Sexual domestic violence is the coercion or attempted coercion of nonconsensual sexual contact. This includes rape, attacks on sexual organs or body parts, and treating someone in a manner that is sexually demeaning.
- Emotional: Lowering another person’s self-esteem through acts such as name-calling, criticism, and diminishing their abilities or accomplishments are common examples of emotional domestic abuse.
- Economic: Economic abuse is defined as any instance in which one person makes or tries to make another person financially dependent by controlling financial resources, restricting access to money, or even preventing them from going to work.
In most cases, abusers will combine many of these tactics to use on their victims.
What Happens if You Have Been Wrongly Accused?
In some cases, false domestic violence allegations can be used as a weapon against a spouse. False charges can have a negative impact on every part of a person’s life. In many cases, there is a presumption of guilt regardless of what the facts reveal. The falsely accused may lose their job or may be left to watch helplessly as relationships crumble.
False domestic violence allegations can be used as a weapon against a spouse
If a member of your family or household files domestic violence charges or a complaint against you, you will first be required to vacate your home immediately. Unfortunately, sometimes this tactic is used for inappropriate reasons. The case will go to court and, if the court rules in favor of the plaintiff, you will likely be tasked with paying the plaintiff’s legal fees as well as your own. You will also likely be responsible for covering their medical bills and any other damages awarded.
Effect Of Domestic Violence On Divorce Proceeding
A finding by the court of domestic violence can have a serious impact on your custody orders and the outcome of your divorce. If you are involved in a divorce proceeding and have either been the victim of domestic violence or subjected to a restraining order you feel is unjust, contact the domestic violence attorneys at Rombro & Associates online or at (310) 545-1900 for assistance.
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