How can an attorney help the victim of domestic violence?

| Dec 9, 2020 | Domestic Violence

Unfortunately, many Riverside area residents will be the victim of domestic violence. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 4 men and 1 in 3 women will experience intimate partner abuse. These numbers are staggering and scary for many people. Although there are many organizations dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence, an attorney can also be a good advocate.

A domestic violence attorney can help in many ways.

Obtain a protective order

It is important for a person to be safe and an attorney can obtain a protective order that can prohibit the abuser from making any contact or coming within a certain distance of the victim.

File for divorce

If a person is married to their abuser, an attorney can help them file for divorce. They can work with their client through the divorce process and help them with seeking spousal support and obtaining their share of the marital assets.

File a domestic violence lawsuit

The victim of domestic violence has the legal right to hold their abuser accountable for their actions. They may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, financial loss, or pain and suffering caused by their abuser.

Get custody of the children

An attorney can help their client get custody of their children as well as child support from the abuser.

Communicate with the abuser

An attorney can be the go-between for their client and their abuser or their abuser’s lawyer. This can ensure their client does not have to suffer any more abuser or conflict.

 

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