How Attorneys Help Clients With Domestic Violence Cases

How Attorneys Help Clients With Domestic Violence CasesDomestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, or economic. It could also be psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. It can include any behavior that intimidates, manipulates, humiliates, isolates, frightens, coerces, threatens, or hurts someone.

While domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity, women are disproportionately affected by domestic violence. In fact, statistics report that 1 in 3 women have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. For men, this ratio is 1 to 4.

Florida Domestic Violence Statutes

Florida’s Domestic Violence Statutes are found in Section 741.28 of the Florida Statutes. These statutes provide a legal framework for addressing domestic violence. The statutes define domestic violence as “any assault, battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, kidnapping, or other felony or misdemeanor crime against a person by a current or former spouse of the person, by a person with whom the person shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the person as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the person under the domestic or family violence protection act, or by any other relative of the person as defined in section 741.28.”

The statute recognizes domestic violence as a serious crime.

Our family law attorneys are focused on efficiently and effectively preparing clients for the most difficult circumstances. The attorneys at HAWM law have experience dealing with an array of family law matters and can prepare the necessary and often unique strategy and tools that your family may require.

What Should You Do if You are a Victim of Domestic Violence?

If you are a victim of domestic violence, there are several things you can do to protect yourself and get help.

First, try to get to a safe place. This may mean leaving the relationship and going to a friend or family member’s house, or it may mean going to a shelter. It is important to remember that you are not alone and there are people who can help you get through this difficult time.

If you are in danger, call the police. They can help protect you and provide other resources, such as counseling or temporary housing. The police hotline has trained staff who can dispatch help, and may sometimes provide crisis counseling and connect you with local resources.

What is Next After Getting Out of the Way of Danger?

If you are a victim of domestic violence, it is important to take action to protect yourself and your children from a recurrence of domestic violence. As such, after you have successfully gotten out of immediate danger, contact an attorney at HAWM Law. We can help you file for a restraining order to keep the abuser away from you. You could also file criminal charges, and get the abuser arrested and charged with a crime.

Having a skilled attorney in your corner is also helpful if the abuser accuses you of perjury or lying to the police, as this could damage your case. Speaking to an experienced attorney who has worked on several domestic violence cases in the past is the best option to ensure that you are taking the right steps to protect yourself and your children.

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