If you are currently the victim of domestic violence, you have likely heard plenty of people wonder why people in your situation don’t just leave. They believe it is that simple. At Law Offices of Torrence L. Howell we know that it isn’t. We know that you are in danger, that you are scared, and that you don’t know what to do. We are here to give you advice to help you get out for good.
Keep reading to learn more. If you are in immediate danger, call 911. Once you are safe, contact Law Offices of Torrence L. Howell at (909) 920-0908 for a free, confidential legal consultation.
Talk to Your Kids
If you have children with your spouse, talk to your children. This may be an uncomfortable conversation and you may believe that your children don’t know what’s going on. They do. Tell them that their only job when you are being attacked is to keep themselves safe. They are not responsible for, and should never try, to protect you. Tell them to find a safe place if they see violence. Teach your children to call for help and how to do so.
Be Ready to Go at a Moment’s Notice
You may never know when it will get so bad that you have to get out with no time to pack a bag. We recommend hiding cash, a spare key to the car, a spare key to the house, and a bag of clothes either with a friend, at work, or at the gum. If you have children, hide a bag for them as well.
Document the Abuse
If you are not yet ready to leave, then you can still help your case by documenting the injuries. Take pictures. Write descriptions of what happened. Write down dates and times. Note who, if anyone, witnessed the abuse. If possible, send this information to trusted friend or family member so that if something happens to you, there is a record of the abuse. If your spouse sends threatening texts or emails, save them.
Talk to Your Attorney About a Domestic Violence Restraining Order, Temporary Alimony, and Other Legal Options
It may seem that the law is not on your side. Your abuser may have made you believe that no one will believe you. This is false. You do have options, one of which is to have a domestic violence restraining order filed against them. If you are only staying because you believe it’s your only financial option, talk to your attorney about emergency, temporary alimony which will get you the money you need to get safe.
We know how serious this situation. We know how hard it is to leave. We know that you do not deserve what has happened to you and we are here to offer you the legal support you need. Contact Law Offices of Torrence L. Howell at (909) 920-0908 now for a free 100% confidential consultation.