Fortunately, domestic violence in the state of California has declined over the past couple of decades. In 1998, 9.3 out of 1,000 adult California residents made a call for assistance after suffering from domestic violence. However, in 2017, that number was 6.4 out of 1,000 people. Still, one too many individuals are victims, and it’s imperative that each victim gets the help that they require.
If you believe or are certain that you and/or your other household member(s) are considered victims of domestic violence, you’ve come to the right place. Torrence Howell Law in Upland, CA can assist you in legally protecting yourself after the violent act has taken place.
What Does Domestic Violence Involve?
Many people’s definitions of domestic violence may vary. However, what matters is that the scenario matches that of the California legal definition.
Domestic violence may involve physical, mental, verbal, financial, identity, reproductive, or spiritual abuse against a married/domestic spouse, ex-partner, child, and/or close family member. Threats of violence, harassing, destruction of personal property, disturbing one’s peace, and stalking can also constitute as domestic violence in the state of California.
Your Next Steps to Protecting Yourself
Whether you know you’ve been a victim or want to verify that your case qualifies as domestic violence, calling local authorities (i.e., police) is the first step anyone should do immediately following the act. After contacting the police and getting yourself and/or your children in a safe situation, the next important step is to call an attorney specializing in domestic violence.
By reaching out to Attorney Torrence L. Howell in Upland, CA, he can not only help you get an emergency protective order (EPO), but he can also assist you in retrieving a temporary restraining order (TRO) against your abuser. In order to get a restraining order from the person that has committed domestic violence, however, there must be proof that the abuser has abused and/or threatened you and that the abuser has a close relationship to you. In addition, Mr. Howell has the experience to help married victims of domestic violence get temporary alimony to help them adjust to the financial changes of living apart from their abuser.
Don’t wait to get the legal help you need following an act of domestic violence. Domestic violence has one of the highest repeat rates among other types of crime. Get the protection you deserve by contacting Mr. Howell now in Southern California at (909) 920-0908.