Domestic violence and civil harassment are similar forms of behavior, in that they both involve acts of verbal harassment or physical abuse. The differences lie in the relationships between the two parties. Domestic violence generally refers to actions between people in a qualifying relationship, while civil harassment is between nonfamily members.
There are legal options available to protect people who are experiencing any form of domestic violence or civil harassment. The experienced lawyers at TRABOLSI | LEVY | GABBARD LLP, will help victims take legal steps to protect themselves and their families. We are committed to our clients and are genuinely concerned about their welfare.
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Survivors of domestic violence or civil harassment can seek a restraining order from the court. This legal order prohibits the abuser from contacting the victim, coming near the home or visiting the victim's workplace. Under California law, violating a restraining order can result in serious consequences for the abuser.
On the other hand, false allegations of abuse can be devastating. Our attorneys also defend people who have been falsely accused of domestic violence or harassment. There is a presumption in family law cases that a party found guilty of domestic violence should not be granted child custody rights.
In light of this, there are sadly cases where one party in a divorce falsely accuses the other of domestic violence to gain an upper hand in child custody or divorce proceedings. Our experienced team of domestic violence attorneys in Los Angeles can help navigate through the process of defending against such false allegations of abuse.
How Can Our Domestic Violence Attorneys Help Your Case?
There is a limited time during which people accused of domestic violence can contest the restraining order. Our lawyers defend clients against allegations of domestic violence or harassment, and work to get the issue dismissed or the restraining order removed.
We have experience with the following legal issues regarding domestic violence:
- Temporary restraining orders
- Protective orders
- Civil remedies for domestic violence
- Criminal penalties for domestic violence
What Are the Effects of Domestic Violence?
When domestic violence occurs in a relationship it can impact the entire family. It can also have a wide range of effects, including causing mental or emotional issues that can be exceedingly difficult to recover from. Understanding the these effects if often the first step to getting support necessary to make a clean break, and the following information provided by FamilyDoctor.org provides insight into what often occurs.
While domestic abuse can have a verbal aspect, in many instances it involves physical violence. This violence can result in things like contusions and cuts all over the body, which can sometimes result in the need for immediate medical attention. However, some victims of violence fail to seek out medical assistance out of fear of being questioned. Other injuries can include burns, broken teeth, and bite marks (depending on the nature of the physical abuse).
Emotional & Mental Effects
Along with physical harm, victims of violence also experience a wide range of emotional and mental effects. These include symptoms related to depression and anxiety, as well as lethargy, suicidal ideation, low self-esteem, and ongoing problems with interpersonal relationships. Abuse victims also tend to be more passive and may have problems maintaining eye contact.
How to Get Help
If you can relate to the above effects, it’s crucial that you get you and your family to safety. If you don’t have a trusted friend or loved one to rely on, consider going to a shelter. In the event you are concerned about your safety when leaving, call the police to bring charges against the person responsible for the abuse. You should also consider filing a protective order against this person, which will mandate that he or she must stay a certain distance away from you and your children.
TRABOLSI | LEVY | GABBARD LLP and Our Domestic Violence Attorneys in Los Angeles Can Help
At TRABOLSI | LEVY | GABBARD LLP, our legal team is passionate about delivering compassionate legal services for Los Angeles residents and their families to help them escape situations involving domestic violence. With about a century’s worth of collective legal experience, our team of attorneys are dedicated to preserving your welfare and promoting your legal interests when it comes to family law issues connected to domestic violence law in California.
Our commitment to each and every client is what makes us stand out from the rest. Working with us means working with us. Whenever you need to talk to your attorney, you can do so. There should be no gatekeepers in our organization. We will be available to discuss the details of your case when you reach out to us, unless we are in court or meeting with a client.
Having appeared in family courts throughout Southern California, we know what it takes to prepare a successful case. It is our goal from the very first moment we meet to seek the results you deserve. We can help your family if you come and talk to us about our services.
To learn more about your case, we invite you to contact us by calling our Los Angeles office at (310) 455-8364 or by sending us an email.
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