Working To Ensure The Safety Of Domestic Violence Victims

Victims of domestic violence often feel helpless to take action. Some are conflicted over taking action against a person they love, while others fear additional harm if they attempt to take steps to break the cycle of violence.

If you have been the victim of domestic violence, California law provides a number of different options for you to obtain the protection you need, including criminal actions and civil claims. Additionally, domestic violence victims are able to initiate restraining orders against their abusers. Do not be afraid to contact a family law attorney to discuss your options. At Contreras Law Firm, we represent domestic violence victims throughout San Diego County and the surrounding area.

Domestic Violence

When most people think of the term "domestic violence," the first thing to come to mind is spousal abuse. Domestic violence is not limited solely to married couples. It can extend to family members who live in the same household or domestic partners. It can also include people who have a child together, who are dating, who live together or used to live together.

Domestic violence involves the intent to cause or attempt to cause bodily injury or instilling the fear of imminent serious bodily injury. Domestic violence can also include harassment through in-person confrontation or even repeated phone calls or contact through social media. This abuse does not have to be physical, but can be spoken or written.

Restraining Order

If you have recently been a victim of domestic violence, your first step should be to apply for a temporary restraining order to protect yourself and your property. A restraining order can also cover other members of your family, such as your children or other members of your household. A temporary restraining order will take effect immediately. If you wish to seek a permanent restraining order, you will need to do so in a separate action.

A restraining order can prevent the other person from coming near you or your family and from contacting you. The order can also provide guidelines for paying child support and can prohibit the person from accessing a joint bank account or using shared assets. A restraining order will help guarantee the safety of you and your family while you determine what further steps you wish to take against the abuser.

Contreras Law Firm | San Diego, California, Family Law Firm

Domestic violence is a very serious offense, which can have a lasting impact on your family, your well-being and your emotional health. Your abuser can face criminal charges in addition to other civil charges. As a family law firm, our attorneys can assist you in filing a restraining order and beginning divorce proceedings, if appropriate.

Contact our San Diego office today to schedule a free consultation with a lawyer.

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