The decision to end a relationship with an abusive partner is made all the more difficult when you have to worry about your safety or your children's well-being.
A domestic violence lawyer at Shore, McKinley, Conger, & Jolley, LLP, can help put measures in place to ensure you remain safe.
Have you been abused by a partner?
We know this can be frightening for victims, but calling the authorities is an important step in getting help. Keep track of the incident or report number given to you by the police. If necessary, get medical attention.
Get to a Safe Place
If it is not safe for you and your children to stay in your home, get to a safe place as quickly as possible. This may include a shelter for victims of domestic violence or the home of a trusted family member or friend.
Contact a Lawyer
A lawyer can help you file a claim to have a restraining order put in place as soon as possible. With the help of an attorney, you will not be alone in the process. You will have an advocate on your side.
Reach Out to Our Team Today
We are here to help. Call us at (209) 477-8171 to speak with one of our caring, compassionate team members today or request an appointment online.
Why should you hire a lawyer instead of dealing with domestic violence on your own?
Our team can help you obtain various types of restraining orders to prevent your abuser from making contact with you and your children.
Protect Your Kids
Child abuse is a form of domestic violence. If the safety of your children is at risk, we can help you take measures that keep an abusive party away.
Why entrust your case to the Shore, McKinley, Conger & Jolley, LLP, attorneys?
Each of our named partners has been practicing for more than 20 years in their unique areas of practice. Our entire team is dedicated to providing the utmost in attentive service aligned with our clients' most important objectives. Simply stated, Shore, McKinley, Conger & Jolley, LLP, is a firm where results and relationships matter.
There are various types of domestic violence cases...
Types of Abuse Classified as Domestic Violence
The legal definition of domestic violence now encompasses far more than just physical spousal abuse. Domestic violence can include:
- Physical Abuse: This can including hitting, kicking, biting, cutting, and other types of physical harm inflicted upon the victim. Denial of medical treatment or forceful ingestion of drugs or alcohol is also considered a form of physical abuse.
- Emotional Abuse: This type of abuse diminishes a victim's self-worth, self-esteem, trust in others, and security. It can manifest as constant criticism or name-calling.
- Economic Abuse: In the case of economic abuse, the abuser has control over all financial aspects of the victim’s life. The abuser may prevent the victim from attending school, working, or generally supporting themselves.
- Psychological Abuse: When an abuser attempts to intimidate the victim through bullying, humiliation, or verbal abuse, they are psychologically abusing the victim. This type of abuse can also include attempts to isolate the victim from family and friends.
- Sexual Abuse: Sexual harassment, assault, and rape all constitute forms of sexual abuse.
- Stalking: Calling or sending messages repeatedly is considered stalking, as is following an individual to or from work or school.
- Cyberstalking: Continuous emails, online messages, or other forms of online harassment are classified as cyberstalking.
- Dating Violence: Dating violence is committed by an abuser in a romantic relationship with the victim. It can involve verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse.
Victims are not limited to any gender, age, race, or sexual orientation. It is important to note that abuse against children or other family members is classified as domestic violence, as is abuse between cohabiting and non-cohabiting partners.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, you are not alone...
The Statistics Behind Domestic Violence Are Staggering
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), a shocking number of victims are physically abused by a close partner every year. In addition, one in 15 children is exposed to domestic violence every year.
Domestic violence is classified by a pattern of abusive behavior inflicted by one partner onto another. This form of violence can manifest itself in several ways, including physical, emotional, and financial abuse. It often leaves victims feeling powerless, frightened, and overwhelmed. The legal team at Shore, McKinley, Conger & Jolley, LLP in Walnut Creek and Stockton, CA, understands the sensitive nature of these cases and can provide much-needed support for clients struggling with complex legal proceedings. Since 1986, our domestic violence lawyers have developed solutions that protect the welfare of our clients and their children. We encourage you to contact our team today to discuss your legal options in-depth.
Since 1986, our domestic violence lawyers have developed solutions that protect the welfare of our clients and their children.
Who Can Obtain a Restraining Order?
In the most general sense, a restraining order prevents an abuser from making contact with the victim. It can also prohibit contact with children and the victim’s friends and family. There are three types of restraining orders:
- Emergency Protective Orders (EPOs) are issued by police when the victim cannot file a restraining order petition right away, usually because court is not in session or the victim is in imminent danger. These are typically only effective for five business days.
- Temporary Restraining Orders (TROs) are also a form of emergency protection. They are typically issued and remain in effect until a formal hearing is held and a judge makes a final ruling.
- Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) is a restraining order that takes effect after a hearing is held and a judge has made an official ruling. This type of restraining order typically remains in effect for several years.
Any victim of repeated domestic abuse can obtain a restraining order. This includes current or former spouses, cohabitants in an intimate relationship, and non-cohabitants in an intimate relationship.
How a Domestic Violence Lawyer Can Help
Domestic violence is a complicated matter, considering it takes many forms. However, our team understands the sensitive, ambiguous, and highly challenging nature of such cases. We can provide the support and compassion you need to recover and protect yourself and your family.
A Domestic Abuse Lawyer Puts Clients First and Can Provide Important Resources
Survivors of domestic abuse can rely on national and local resources to secure their safety and get away from a toxic relationship before beginning the legal process. As part of the full range of services offered by our family law attorneys, we believe providing information on resources for survivors of domestic abuse is an important step in these emotionally charged cases. A domestic abuse lawyer at our firm can help keep you safe. Contact us online today or call (916) 307-6880 to find out more.
Knowing where to turn for help can help you begin a road to recovery.
Local and National Resources
Survivors of domestic violence or abuse, and those who feel they are in an unsafe relationship, have plenty of places to turn for help:
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24 hours a day, every day of the week. The number is 1-800-787-7233 or you can chat with a trained professional online.
- Locally, the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence offers resources across the state. Information can be found on their website.
- Here in Stockton, survivors can go to the Women’s Center Youth and Family Center. This organization offers a 24-hour helpline and can provide shelter to those in need.
- For the LGBT community, there are services provided by the National Coalition of Anti Violence Programs.
Turning to resources for survivors of domestic abuse helps in countless ways when seeking legal intervention.
Please keep in mind you do not need to rely upon only one source for help, and any organization dedicated to the safety and well-being of survivors of abuse will stand ready to offer any assistance available. Many shelters also offer aid to those who feel there is no safe place to go, and you can always dial 911 to report any instance of abuse and seek help from the authorities.
Taking Legal Action
The key in any case where safety is a concern is to first get to a safe place, and then take appropriate legal action. A family law attorney can help with seeking all necessary restraining orders. If you are married to an abusive spouse, you have rights and do not need remain in the marriage. If there are children involved, it is of the utmost importance to remove yourself and those children from a harmful environment.
Keep in mind the laws are very different for cases of domestic abuse versus an assault and battery type of matter, and the distinguishing factor is generally tied to the nature of the relationship. Domestic abuse covers instances of abuse between:
- Spouses, both current and prior
- Couples who live together, but are not married
- Couples who used to live together
- Couples who are living apart, but are dating or used to date
We understand how domestic abuse can change a family forever, and prioritize the physical and mental health of our clients facing these difficult times. We also know how easy it is to put yourself at risk, unknowingly, in this digital age. For information on staying safe online, please visit the Hotline.
Shore, McKinley, Conger & Jolley, LLP
Our firm has been representing clients in a wide range of practice areas for over 20 years. We are trusted across generations and are recognized by various prestigious organizations, including:
- American Bar Association
- Consumer Attorneys of California
Our team is ready to assist in most legal challenges that you may encounter throughout your lifetime. To schedule a consultation, call us at (209) 477-8171 or contact us online.