For years, domestic violence has been the untold story of many men and women. In recent years, cases of domestic violence have increased, not because there are actually more cases, but because informing the public and professionals about the signs of domestic violence has allowed neighbors, friends, doctors, relatives, emergency responders, police officers, and other members of the community to more easily spot victims of domestic violence.

What is Considered Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is considered a standard of behaviors and actions that an individual uses to gain and maintain control over their partner.

Types of domestic violence include:

  • Physical: Punching, kicking, choking, slapping, pushing, spitting, biting, burning – this can also include destruction of personal property
  • Emotional: Isolation from friends and family, playing mind games, threats, making you feel worthless, excessive jealousy
  • Financial: Controlling your income and refusing basic needs, forcibly keeping you from making an income
  • Sexual: Any forced sexual act, rape (even within marriage), and making degrading comments about your sexual body parts
  • Verbal: Verbally abusing you by issuing degrading, humiliating, insulting, and inflammatory words or statements
  • Religious: Violating your religious beliefs by forcing you to act against them, or twisting your beliefs in order to gain or maintain control over you

If you or someone you love is the victim of domestic violence, you have the right to demand protection by a restraining order obtained through contacting an Orange County Family Law expert. Attorney David Gonzalez has over 14 years of extensive experience in cases involving violence and its unfortunate consequences.

What is a Restraining Order and How Will it Help Me?

In the event of domestic violence, a criminal restraining order can be issued. The restraining order is an order that you or your spouse must abide by for the duration of the order. Temporary restraining orders typically last 21 days, during which time you may file for a restraining order that can last up to 1 to 3 years. Obtaining a criminal restraining order can be difficult, especially if the other party denies that any abuse has taken place. Contacting an experienced Orange County Family Law attorney can significantly increase your chances of obtaining a restraining order and preventing future acts of domestic violence against you or other members of your family.

Putting the Safety of Yourself and your Family First

If you believe that you or a loved one has been the victim of domestic violence, your first step is to contact the local authorities and file a claim with the police department. Provide detailed information regarding the event(s), and supply any evidence necessary to build a strong case against your abuser. Filing a complaint with the police can help you obtain a restraining order quickly. Domestic violence is a serious and sometimes deadly crime.

To obtain legal protection and prevent future domestic violent abuse, contact a qualified restraining order lawyer in Orange County at the Gonzalez Law Firm. Your initial consultation is both private and free. You will get sound counsel from an experienced criminal lawyer who will take the time to explain the necessary steps in obtaining a restraining order.