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Domestic Violence, Marriage & Getting Away Safely

Domestic violence is not limited to immigrants, the uneducated, or the poor. Domestic violence and intimate partner violence occurs behind the close doors of every race, religion and socioeconomic class, even the wealthiest families are afflicted with spousal abuse and child abuse. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), one in every four women will experience domestic violence within her lifetime. The NCADV estimates that 1.3 million women are victims of an assault by their boyfriend or spouse each year and 73% of family violence victims are female. Tragically, boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own wife or girlfriend and children once they become adults. (NCADV)

In the Attorney General's report, the California criminal justice system is failing to enforce the state's domestic violence laws and such failures include failing to issue restraining orders, and failing to serve restraining orders, failing to insist that batterers attend court-ordered programs, and a lack of overall coordination in law enforcement agencies.

In 2006, Californians placed approximately 20,000 calls to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. (California Partnership to End Domestic Violence) In that same year, law enforcement received 176,299 domestic violence calls, and 80,946 of those calls involved weapons such as firearms and knives. In 2006, 43,911 people were arrested for domestic violence in California, with 80% of the offenders being male. (NCADV)

Domestic violence refers to physical, sexual or verbal abuse, including threats of abuse. While domestic violence would be considered assault or battery if it occurred between strangers or people that don't live together, domestic violence specifically refers to violence that occurs between married couples, parents and children (child abuse), family members, unmarried couples, roommates and people that have a child in common. Even threatening to cause bodily injury or destroying someone's property is considered a form of abuse, as is abusing the family pets.

If you are a victim of spousal abuse or worse, if your child is a victim of child abuse at the hands of your spouse, it's important that you contact Claery & Green, LLP right away for help. We can begin by assisting you in getting a domestic violence restraining order and from there we can guide you through the divorce process while using extreme caution and care. We understand that leaving is the most difficult part, and that you are most likely very concerned over the safety of yourself and your children. However, it's imperative that you seek help at once so you and your children can be removed from harm's way and are no longer victimized at the hands of an abusive spouse or partner.