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How can a domestic violence attorney help?
Domestic violence attorneys can provide several services to the client. They can file restraining orders on behalf of the victim to keep the abuser away. They can file criminal charges, and initiate divorce proceedings, which can also include issues like child custody, child support, and alimony. They can help navigate all the legal issues and provide defense for those that are wrongly accused of domestic violence.
How much does it cost to hire a domestic violence attorney?
The cost to hire a domestic violence attorney depends on many factors. Most charge an initial consultation fee, which can vary or be waived. After that, they will likely bill on an hourly basis, so the complexity of the case, hourly rates, and the paperwork and legal filing fees factor into the cost. It is advised to consult a domestic violence attorney to schedule a consultation for specifics on expected costs for your case.
What is a domestic violence attorney?
A domestic violence attorney specializes in representing victims of violent crimes and defending those accused of domestic violence. Domestic violence attorneys can generate restraining orders, lawsuits, and even divorce proceedings on behalf of domestic violence victims. They can also defend the accused against false claims of domestic violence.
How common is domestic violence?
It is estimated that nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States, both men and women. It is estimated that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of physical abuse, or violence, by an intimate partner. Domestic violence accounts for approximately 15 percent of all violent crimes in the United States.
What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of abusive behavior in any intimate relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control by one partner over another. Domestic violence isn’t just physical abuse; it can be sexual, emotional, verbal and/or economic in nature, including manipulation or psychological actions--or threats of actions-- used to influence another person. When these actions happen within an intimate relationship it is considered domestic violence.