Victims of domestic violence are often unaware that certain behaviors, such as cyber stalking, merit legal recourse. Our domestic violence attorneys strive to protect clients while also finding the best long-term solutions for their individual situations. We understand how frightening these ordeals can be, so we urge victims to take action as soon as possible. If you or a loved one has been a victim who needs a domestic violence attorney, please contact our Visalia, CA, law office to schedule a consultation.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is any act or threatened act of violence towards someone with whom the accused currently has or previously has had an intimate relationship. The accused and the victim do not have to be married for the abuse to be classified as domestic violence. It can also happen between unmarried partners, roommates, and others residing in the same household. It can also be considered domestic violence if the two parties are no longer dating.
Domestic violence is any act or threatened act of violence towards someone with whom the accused currently has or previously has had an intimate relationship.
Types of Domestic Violence
Most often when we think of domestic violence, we think of physical abuse between a husband and wife. While this situation is, unfortunately, common, there are many other types of domestic violence:
- Actual physical harm, including slapping, biting, pushing, choking, or hitting
- The threat of physical harm
- Rape or statutory rape
- Sexual assault
- Stalking, both in person and cyber-stalking
- Criminal harassment, such as threatening letters, emails, or phone calls
- Other cyber activities, such as posting nude photos of the victim without their consent
Types of Restraining Orders
Restraining orders are court orders that prevent the accused from making any form of contact with the victim and their relatives. Victims can request a domestic violence restraining order if another person has abused them or has threatened to abuse them. If you do not qualify for a domestic violence restraining order, there are several other options, including:
- Civil harassment restraining orders can protect you from a threatening or violent neighbor, roommate, coworker, or distant relative
- Elder or dependent adult restraining orders can protect victims over the age of 65 or dependent adults between 18 and 64
- Workplace violence restraining orders can be requested by an employer to protect an employee
If you are unsure about the type of restraining order that you need, you should consult with an attorney. The domestic violence attorneys at Hatherley Law have extensive knowledge of these protective orders and can help you determine which type will provide you with the most protection.
Why You Need an Experienced Domestic Violence Attorney
Our attorneys genuinely care about our clients. We are empathetic to your situation and will provide you with personal guidance throughout the process. We will never force you into doing something you are not comfortable with and we only recommend restraining orders when necessary to your safety and well-being.
Contact Us Today
If you or a loved one has been the victim of any type of domestic violence, you need to seek advice from an attorney right away. Contact our law firm to schedule a consultation and discuss all of the legal options that are available to you.