domestic violence is one of the most horrific experiences a person will ever endure. Domestic
violence is especially egregious because it is a torturous act committed
by someone who may be loved, trusted and depended upon by the victim;
even a spouse, domestic partner or the other parent of one’s children.
Oftentimes victims may live with the aggressor and have to endure ongoing
physical and emotional harm. This is especially concerning when children
are in the home and either witness the violence or are physically or emotionally
abused themselves. Victims of domestic violence are not only scared but
also may feel alone and helpless. This is because perpetuators of domestic
violence frequently isolate them from their loved ones, family and friends,
while putting on a charming facade. However alone one may feel, that does
not need to be the case. An aggressive attorney can make a huge difference.
temporary restraining order may be sought in family court. The order may protect the victim and others
who live in their home, including children. If the aggressor lives in
the home, an order for him or her to move out (a” Kick Out Order”)
may be sought. In addition, a request for a
custody and a motion for
spousal support may be filed in certain circumstances. The restraining order request may
be filed and temporary protection could be obtained before the perpetuator
even knows the victim is taking action. The restrained party would be
served with the order once it is already in place.
It is critical for a victim of domestic violence to find an attorney who
they trust and are comfortable with. A combination of clear communication,
aggressive representation and compassion is critical. With the right law
firm behind them, the victim will no longer feel alone. In fact, he or
she should feel like they have a team of advocates on their side.
Partner, Claery & Hammond, LLP