Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence
Experiencing domestic violence is one of the most horrific experiences a person will ever endure. Domestic violence is especially egregious because it is a torturous act committed by someone who may be loved, trusted and depended upon by the victim; even a spouse, domestic partner or the other parent of one’s children.
Oftentimes victims may live with the aggressor and have to endure ongoing physical and emotional harm. This is especially concerning when children are in the home and either witness the violence or are physically or emotionally abused themselves. Victims of domestic violence are not only scared but also may feel alone and helpless.
This is because perpetuators of domestic violence frequently isolate them from their loved ones, family and friends, while putting on a charming facade. However alone one may feel, that does not need to be the case. An aggressive attorney can make a huge difference. A temporary restraining order may be sought in family court. The order may protect the vict im and others who live in their home, including children.
If the aggressor lives in the home, an order for him or her to move out (a” Kick Out Order”) may be sought. In addition, a request for a divorce, custody and a motion for child and spousal support may be filed in certain circumstances. The restraining order request may be filed and temporary protection could be obtained before the perpetuator even knows the victim is taking action. The restrained party would be served with the order once it is already in place.
It is critical for a victim of domestic violence to find an attorney who they trust and are comfortable with. A combination of clear communication, aggressive representation and compassion is critical. With the right law firm behind them, the victim will no longer feel alone. In fact, he or she should feel like they have a team of advocates on their side.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lance Claery
Partner Lance Claery has been successfully practicing family law for more than nine years. Mr. Claery has handled trials, depositions, arbitrations, mediations, hearings and emergency hearings with success. During law school, he worked with an experienced and aggressive family law attorney; this is when he discovered that family law was his calling. Helping individuals and families has always been a passion for Mr. Claery.
Mr. Claery's commitment to an open line of communication with his firm's clients sets him apart from other attorneys. He is adamant that his clients are able to reach him and members of his firm when they are needed. Mr. Claery truly cares for each and every one of his firm's clients. Family law issues are oftentimes very stressful. He ensures that his firm's clients know they have a team at Claery and Green advocating for them and only them.
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Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer. For specific technical or legal advice on the information provided and related topics, please contact the author.