Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
Your life has spiraled out of control. How did you get here? There was a time when you and your partner were in love. You were full of hope for the future. Now, life seems to be full of despair. For whatever reason, you and your partner are in a toxic relationship full of hurt and fear. The cycle needs to stop and you need protection.
If you or your children are victims of domestic violence, the time to take action and get protection is now. There is no such thing as an acceptable level of violence, and it is never the victim’s fault. If domestic violence is occuring in your home, it is imperative you seek immediate protection. Our skilled staff has helped innumerable people embroiled in domestic violence situations. Whether you are the victim or perpetrator, it is time to end the hurt and pain in order to move towards a better life. Call us today to help you discover a better tomorrow. Get help now before your life gets even more out of control.
Domestic Violence Warning Signs
The term domestic violence is used to describe a relationship based upon a power imbalance between two people who share a close, personal relationship. Most commonly, domestic violence is perpetrated between romantic partners. Domestic violence is rarely physical. It is often more subtle. You may be in an abusive relationship if any of the following have occurred during an argument:
- Things are thrown
- Things are broken
- Doors are slammed
- Walls are punched
- Objects are kicked
- One party follows the other from room to room
- One party chest bumps the other
- One party will not let the other leave the house
- One party will not let the other leave a room
- One party breaks into a locked room where the other is hiding
- One party follows the other by car
- One party keeps the other awake all night
- One party spits on the other
- One party grabs the other by the hair
- One party slaps the other
- One party takes the other’s car keys
- One party disables the other’s car
- One party destroys something important to the other
- One party isolates the other from his/her family
- One party punishes the other for having friends
- One party snoops through the other’s personal items
- One party calls the other “crazy”
Basically, any party who routinely does something he or she doesn’t want to because of force or fear caused by the other is likely in an abusive relationship.
Children and Domestic Violence
If you have children, whether you realize it or not, they are being emotionally scarred by what they are witnessing in your home. You may justify remaining in the situation because you do not fight when they are around. Children can sense the tension and hear far more than you want to admit.
If you stay in an abusive relationship and have children, you are modeling harmful behavior. The chances are that your children will grow up to be abused or become abusers themselves. If you are in a toxic situation and refuse to leave because you do not want your children to come from a “broken home” are at risk for having your children taken away by the foster care system. California takes domestic violence so seriously, it is considered neglect if they remain in an abusive relationship. Call one of our experienced and caring attorneys to protect you and your children from a tragic situation.
Consequences of Domestic Violence
If you are accused of domestic violence, it is important to take the situation very seriously. Even if you never want to see the person again, allowing a domestic violence restraining order to be placed against you will have lasting results. They include:
- You will have to surrender your firearms
- You will not be able to hold certain jobs in the future
- You could lose custody of your children, even if from a different relationship
- You could be deported if you are not a U.S. citizen
- You could be barred from receiving spousal support from your accuser
If you have a pending domestic violence restraining order against you in Riverside or San Bernardino county, call our office for immediate assistance.
Civil Harassment Restraining Orders
If you are being stalked, terrorized, or harassed by someone who is not a close friend or relative, you may need to obtain a civil harassment restraining order. A civil harassment restraining order is for those people who fear for their physical safety because of the threats or past violence of a friend, neighbor, coworker, or acquaintance. If you are being stalked, threatened or harassed and need protection for yourself and your family, call us today for help.