Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is the abusive control of one party by another, either physical or emotional.  Domestic violence can take many forms. Some forms of violence are clear, visible and involve physical abuse, while others can be more subtle. Emotional abuse can exist for years, slowly destroying a persons sense of peace. Verbal abuse or harassment can exist when one person continually mocks or demeans another. These are both a far cry from a full-on fist fight but chronic abuse, repeatedly occurring or increasing in intensity can fall under the heading of "domestic violence" when it happens at home.

If you are currently suffering from any kind of domestic violence, you should first ensure the safety of you and your children. Once you are out of immediate danger, you should work with an attorney to begin exploring your options.

Temporary Restraining Orders ("TROs") And Restraining Orders

A temporary restraining order is issued by a judge, when requested, if you can prove you are suffering from domestic violence. When you apply for a restraining order, temporary or not, you must come prepared to prove your case.

If you need your partner to leave the premises and not approach you at home, work, or at your car, a TRO is a safe option. Depending on the circumstances of your situation, you might also consider requesting that the judge issue a TRO that covers other issues such as direct communication, protection of third parties who live with you, protection of pets, and the ability to record the abusive party.

As an attorney familiar with domestic violence cases, Diane Morin can help you submit your application for a TRO. Temporary restraining orders are usually issued for the period of time lasting until your next court date, when your case will be revisited. Restraining orders, as opposed to TROs, can remain in permanent effect.

Child Abuse

If you discover that your spouse or another family member is causing your child or children harm over a long period of time, or even verbally harassing your child, you have a responsibility to remove your child from the situation and prevent further harm.

Spousal Abuse

When two people marry, they never expect to divorce. Nor do they expect to be on the receiving end of spousal abuse. Over time, however, relationships can change and one person can eventually become someone entirely different than they were when you married them. If you are suffering from spousal abuse or even suspect you are, please take steps to make sure your safety is guaranteed.

Contact Us About Domestic Violence

Staying with other family or friends if you feel you are in immediate danger is highly recommended. Once you are in a safe situation, please contact us online or call 650-473-0822.