With national domestic violence month coming to a close, it is important for victims and potential victims to recognize the signs of domestic abuse and to know how to get help. An experienced San Diego divorce lawyer can provide immediate assistance with securing a restraining order, beginning divorce proceedings and obtaining spousal support.
What Is Domestic Violence?
The Judicial Branch of California defines domestic violence as abuse or threats that occur in an intimate relationship. Such abuse can occur between people who:
- Are married or domestic partners.
- Are dating, or dated in the past.
- Are living together, or lived together in the past.
- Have a child together.
- Are close relatives by marriage or by blood.
Domestic violence can include:
- Physically attempting to harm another individual, either intentionally or recklessly.
- Causing an individual to fear physical harm.
- Sexual assault.
- Stalking, harassing or threatening someone.
- Destroying another person’s property.
- Disturbing another person’s peace.
- Verbal, emotional or psychological abuse.
Domestic abuse happens to people regardless of their gender, age, race, religion, socioeconomic background or sexual orientation. It can occur in both same-sex and opposite-sex relationships.
Signs of Domestic Abuse
Domestic abuse can be difficult to detect for those who are close to the situation, as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health notes. The office points out that forced sex is always rape, even if the two individuals involved are married.
Threatening or cruel words also can constitute abuse, and they may serve as a sign that an individual will become physically violent. If you experience any of the following signs of domestic abuse, a qualified family law attorney can assist in getting the protection you need. Domestic abuse may occur when an individual:
- Monitors your activities frequently or all the time.
- Stops you from seeing friends or loved ones.
- Stops you or discourages you from working or going to school.
- Baselessly accuses you of unfaithfulness.
- Becomes angry after drinking alcohol or using drugs.
- Controls your access to money.
- Controls your access to necessary medications.
- Embarrasses you in front of other people.
- Attempts to control your everyday decisions.
- Threatens harm to you, your children or pets.
If you believe you are a victim of domestic abuse, contact an experienced divorce attorney for assistance. Your attorney will guide you in next steps and provide you with additional community resources for support.
Actions to Take in an Abusive Situation
A court can issue a domestic violence restraining order to provide you with protection. You can seek such an order if an individual has abused you or threatened to do so and you have a close domestic or family relationship with the individual. You also can file a restraining order on behalf of your child, if he or she is being abused.
Specific circumstances may necessitate filing other types of restraining orders, including:
- A civil harassment restraining order, which can be used for distant family members, roommates, neighbors, coworkers and others.
- A workplace violence restraining order, which an employer may file to protect an employee from harassment, stalking or violence.
- A dependent adult or elder abuse restraining order, for a victim who is a senior aged 65 and older or a dependent adult aged 18 to 64.
For Assistance with Domestic Abuse, Contact Attorney Richard M. Renkin
When you are the victim of domestic violence, the legal process can be overwhelming and intimidating. Divorce lawyer San Diego Richard M. Renkin can assist you in understanding your rights and taking steps to protect yourself and your children. For an initial consultation, call the Law Office of Renkin & Associates at 619-299-7100 or contact us online.