Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Attorney in Riverside

Spousal Abuse Affecting Families

No one deserves to be abused, harassed, threatened, or assaulted, but unfortunately domestic violence continues to plague countless households throughout the area. An even sadder reality is that the majority of domestic violence victims never speak up about the abuse. There are a number of reasons why victims choose to stay quiet about the injustice committed against them. Some feel it would make the situation worse, while others believe that whatever caused the abuser to get upset was their fault.

Various statutes exist to protect victims of domestic violence, so if you are being abused by a family member or domestic partner, there is a way to stop it. You can put an end to the abuse and harassment you are experiencing by petitioning for a restraining order that will prevent your abuser from having any further contact with you. Identifying domestic violence can sometimes be an unclear process for the victims, as well, but our lawyers are prepared to help you take effective legal action.

The types of domestic violence that can be carried out include:

  • Physical Abuse: Includes any physical contact that is intended to inflict harm and/or injury—slapping, punching, throwing objects, etc.
  • Sexual Abuse: Includes any situation in which unwanted sexual acts are forced upon another, whether through verbal threats or physical force.
  • Verbal Abuse: Includes any verbal threats or aggressive verbal language—threatening physical harm, derogatory remarks, constant criticism, etc.
  • Emotional Abuse: Includes any behavior that is meant to embarrass, control, degrade, or isolate the victim—blackmailing, undermining another's self-esteem, etc.
  • Economic Abuse: Includes withholding another's economic resources in an attempt to maintain control over the victim.

If you have experienced any of this kind of behavior from a domestic partner and/or member of your household, you may have grounds to file for a restraining order. If you feel like your life is in danger, you should not hesitate to take legal action with a Riverside family lawyer. Reasonable evidence of domestic violence could also be grounds for loss of custody or loss of visitation. Those who pose a risk to their children may be banned from seeing them along with losing parental responsibility.

Filing for a Restraining Order

Restraining orders were designed to protect victims of domestic violence, stalking, harassment, and other forms of abuse. Many times they are issued in divorce cases that have led to hostilities between ex-spouses. There are multiple types of restraining orders, depending on the situation that is being addressed, including:

  • Emergency Protective Orders
  • Domestic Violence Temporary Restraining Orders (TRO or DVRO)
  • Criminal Protective Orders
  • Civil Harassment Restraining Orders (CHO)

We understand you might feel ashamed or embarrassed about coming forward. Please know that there are many ways we can help you get through this difficult time. Our Riverside family law attorneys have represented victims of domestic violence for many years, and can inform you of all the legal ways you can stop the abuse.

Call our office at (951) 687-6003 to learn more.

Confront False Accusations of Domestic Violence

Conversely, those who have been falsely accused of domestic violence may be worried that they will lose custody or visitation of their children, along with getting cut short in the process of divorce. You have every right to contest a restraining order. Initially, a temporary restraining order will be issued until both parties can appear in court to testify. A restraining order is a legally-binding contract, but it is not tantamount to a criminal conviction. Those who have been issued restraining orders may only be accused of a crime if they violate the terms of a restraining order.