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Divorce and Domestic Violence in Riverside County

Palm Desert Domestic Violence Lawyer

There are a large number of marriages and relationships that have deteriorated, with one party becoming the victim of domestic violence. Domestic violence crosses all socio-economic boundaries, and takes place in the largest mansions to the smallest apartments. If you are the victim of domestic violence or abuse, it is imperative that you protect yourself from future harm. It has been proven time and again that promises from an abuser cannot be trusted, and in a high percentage of cases, the violence escalates and can become life-threatening. Although it can be extremely frightening to consider seeking a divorce, or getting a restraining order to legally restrict an abusive partner from coming near you, your life could be in danger, and if there are children, there are even more reasons to take action.

Searching for an attorney for a domestic violence case in Palm Desert?

Call the Law Office of Lawrence W. Novack to schedule your consultation today and get legal protection to ensure your family's safety.

So what is domestic violence exactly?

Domestic violence can take many forms it can be verbal abuse, physical violence, sexual abuse, psychological cruelty or financial intimidation. These types of behaviors are destructive patterns that individuals use on their intimate partner, spouse or children. Whether you are being threatened, physically harmed, manipulated or intimidated, it is vital that you don't let your abuser have power and control over you. These are scare tactics used to control other people's behaviors, but with help you can seek refuge and legal protection.

Here is a list of helpful resources that we can explore to keep you and your family safe:

  • Safe houses/Shelters
  • Emergency Hotlines
  • Counseling
  • Domestic Violence Support Groups
  • Legal Representation
  • Relocation to Different Housing
  • Vocational and Job Training
  • Alternate Transportation
  • Children's Services

Top 5 Myths Regarding Domestic Violence

  1. Women who fall victim to domestic violence are uneducated- False
  2. People who are abused usually deserve it or provoke it- False
  3. People who have been abused always move from one abusive relationship to the next- False
  4. People who have fallen victim to domestic violence always have a low self-esteem as well as psychological side-effects- False
  5. Domestic violence victims are weak and constantly seeking help from other people- False

The Effects of Domestic Violence

No one should have to live under constant threats, violence, abuse and intimidation from a partner, spouse, parent or sibling. This type of destruction behavior can have negative effects on the victim and can leave them not only physically injured but emotionally or mentally disturbed. Many times domestic violence victims need to seek out medical attention and counseling in order to combat the behavioral effects of domestic violence. The most common effects that victims experience include:

  • Withdrawal and Isolation
  • Feelings of Denial
  • Being Fearful or Depressed
  • Feeling Helpless and Alone
  • Harboring Anger and Resentment
  • Feeling Anxious
  • Development of PTSD
  • Altered Sleeping and Eating Patterns
  • Turning to Drugs or Alcohol Abuse
  • Thoughts of Suicide

If you or someone you love is displaying signs of domestic violence, then speak up and contact an assertive legal advocate without delay.

Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence: Palm Desert Domestic Violence Attorney

Unfortunately, there are also cases in which one partner falsely accuses the other of domestic violence. These can be difficult situations, and very risky when there are questions of child custody in a divorce. Whether you are a victim or domestic violence, or you have been falsely accused of any domestic violence crime, I can help. Looking for a lawyer for a domestic violence issue in Palm Desert, CA? My firm, the Law Office of Lawrence W. Novack, has been serving the Palm Desert area for decades, and I am extremely experienced in all family law matters, including issues related to domestic violence or spousal abuse.

Having an order of protection or restraining order in place cannot fully protect you. What these orders can do is allow for law enforcement to arrest the individual if he or she violates the order. That person will not be legally allowed to come to your home, or to contact you by any means, whether in person, mail or through digital devices. If the abuser violates this order, law enforcement will make an arrest at once. A person that has a history of committing acts of domestic violence is less likely to be granted custody. No matter what your situation is regarding domestic violence, whether related to abuse of your children, threats against your life or you are hoping to divorce and avoid further abuse, I am here to help you change your life and stay safe from harm.

Need an attorney for a domestic violence case in Riverside County? Contact my firm for information about legal action related to domestic violence by calling (760) 585-9065.