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San Diego Domestic Violence Lawyer

Sadly, many people today face the threat of domestic violence, particularly in marriages that are moving toward divorce. It may be preceded by periods of verbal abuse or magnified by the presence of firearms or substance abuse in the home. If you feel threatened or have become a victim of domestic violence, contact the San Diego domestic violence lawyers at Scott & Matteson as soon as possible. We can assist you in obtaining protection provided under the law.

Why Choose Us?

  • At Scott and Matteson, we are dedicated to providing quality family law services in San Diego and throughout Southern California.
  • In cases where family is involved, we always act in the best interests of your children.
  • Our experienced San Diego family law attorneys have a successful track record of obtaining favorable outcomes for our clients.
  • We want to help you understand all your options before moving forward with any proceedings.

Do You Need an Attorney?

State laws provides certain protections for victims of domestic violence. If you are under threat or have suffered abuse, our San Diego domestic violence attorneys can assist you in petitioning the court for an emergency protective order or restraining order in civil or criminal court. You may qualify for protection even if you have not suffered physical harm, if there has been emotional abuse or fear of imminent harm.

What Is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is abuse or threats of abuse when the abuser and person being abused have been in an intimate relationship. This includes marriage, domestic partnerships, living together, dating, or having a child together. In the context of domestic violence, abuse is defined as:

  • Hurting or trying to hurt someone physically, either recklessly or intentionally
  • Sexual assault
  • Causing someone to be reasonably afraid that they or someone else are about to be seriously hurt
  • Behavior such as stalking, harassing, threatening, or hitting someone, disturbing their peace, or destroying their personal property

Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

A domestic violence restraining order is a court order that can help protect you from abuse or threats by a spouse or someone with whom you have had a close relationship. This type of restraining order is only issued if you have one of the following relationships with the person who abused or threatened to abuse you:

  • Married or registered domestic partners
  • Divorced or separated
  • Living together or formerly lived together (as more than roommates)
  • Dating or formerly dated
  • Parents of a child together
  • Closely related (parent, child, brother, sister, in-laws, grandfather, grandmother)

What a Domestic Violence Restraining Order Can Do

Among other things, in a domestic restraining order, the court can order the person who has abused or threatened to abuse you to:

  • Move out of your home
  • Stay away from your home, work, and children’s schools
  • Not contact you or go near you or your children, relatives, or others who live with you
  • Stay away from your pets
  • Not have a gun
  • Pay child support and/or spousal support
  • Pay certain bills
  • Follow child custody and visitation orders
  • Release or return certain property
  • Transfer rights to a cell phone number and account to you

Signs of Domestic Violence

There are a few signs that could suggest domestic violence is present or likely in a relationship. If your or someone you know has been abused, please contact our San Diego family law firm to protect yourself and your rights.

Verbal Threats

Many instances of domestic violence are preceded by a period of verbal threats and abuse.  Specific examples of these verbal threats include accusations by one spouse that the other has engaged in infidelity, threats that warn of impending physical violence or even death and many other examples where something an abuser says is clearly indicative of dark emotions and urges that exist inside of that person.

Overall, people who may be under the threat of abuse should trust their instincts.  They should also take the increasingly violent verbal abuse seriously, as it tends to be rare that the cycle of abuse will end with those verbal threats.  Instead, spouses in this position should take immediate steps to protect themselves and any children who are present.

The Presence of Firearms or Weapons

While many instances of domestic abuse involve simple assault and battery, there are many others that involve firearms and weapons.  If someone who may be a threat to abuse a spouse has access to firearms in the home or even common household items that could be used as weapons, the other spouse should sense that abuse could be imminent and treat it that way.

Substance Abuse

Another serious warning sign for forthcoming domestic abuse is the presence of another form of abuse – substance abuse.  If the would-be abuser has a drinking problem or regularly uses any type of intoxicant that leads to the potential for incoherent thoughts, actions and violence, the spouse who is under threat should waste no time in protecting him or herself from what could transpire the next time those substances are abused.

How San Diego Domestic Violence Lawyers Can Help

No one should have to live under the threat of domestic violence. If you have been threatened or abused by your spouse or domestic partner, a family member, or someone with whom you have had an intimate relationship, call the San Diego domestic violence attorneys at Scott & Matteson right away for the legal help you need.

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