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Domestic Violence in California: a Basic Introduction

Posted by attorney Brett Wishart

WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?

Domestic violence occurs in some relationships (for example, between family members, a dating relationship, or where individuals live or have lived together) and where one person threatens or inflicts physical or emotional harm, violates a personal sense of space or peace, or destroys personal property.

I AM A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE--WHAT NOW?

If you believe you are a victim of domestic violence, you may be entitled to a Domestic Violence Restraining Order. A Domestic Violence Restraining Order is a court order that protects a person from ongoing abuse. It may order the perpetrator of the domestic violence to move out of the residence, restrain him/her from telephoning or in any manner whatsoever contacting the victim(s) of domestic violence. It will also require the perpetrator to turn in any firearms he or she may have access to, among other remedies.

I AM WRONGFULLY ACCUSED OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE--WHAT NOW?

Unfortunately, domestic violence allegations have also become a tactic used by some litigants to gain an advantage in other aspects of a case such as in a custody dispute, or to minimize spousal support. Domestic violence restraining orders can even have an adverse effect on your custody rights, and even upon your support obligations. It may also jeopardize your job or future employment opportunities.

TAKE ACTION NOW

If you have been abused or falsely accused of committing domestic violence, you need skilled and experienced representation. Call an experienced family law attorney in your area today.

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