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Domestic Violence FAQ

Domestic Violence

What is domestic violence?
When two people reside together, have a relationship and engage in any type of violence towards the other (physical, emotional or verbal), it is considered domestic violence. Such behavior can result in criminal action, dependency court action, civil action or in the family law courts, it will be a factor the court must consider when dealing with child custody, visitation and support and it is a factor to be considered in spousal support.

What do I do if I am a victim?
There are many organizations in the Los Angeles area that assist parties who are victims of domestic violence (see our links page). Each person must decide how they will deal with their particular situation based on the facts and circumstances of your case. Seek assistance immediately.

What if the other person is not related to me or we have no relationship?
In this type of case, you will have to file for a civil harassment restraining order. These petitions are handled in much the same way as domestic violence petitions, but are usually heard in civil and not family law courts.

Do I need an attorney to file for protection?
No, most courts have a special office and personnel to help you fill out and file the necessary paperwork. However, if your circumstance is that you are involved with Dependency or Family law court, it is advisable to seek the assistance of an attorney.
At The Law Offices of Robert L. Howell in Studio City, California, Robert Howell has extensive experience with these issues. Robert has litigated numerous domestic violence and civil harassment cases. Robert has the experience and knowledge you need to protect all your rights domestic violence proceedings.

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