Domestic Violence Frequently Asked Questions
What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence is legally defined as abuse that occurs within an intimate relationship. Domestic abuse is another term used to describe domestic violence cases.
Can a man be a victim of domestic violence?
Yes, both men and women can be victims of domestic violence.
Who are the victims of domestic violence?
Victims of domestic violence can be women, men, or children. Domestic violence can occur between people who are dating, people who are married, parents and children, and siblings. This form of abuse happens between people who are intimately involved and is usually kept secret or never discussed.
Is domestic abuse just physical?
No, domestic abuse can be physical, emotional, psychological, or even financial.
What should I do if I am being domestically abused?
If you are being abused within a domestic relationship, you need to seek help immediately. One of the first things you should do is report the abuse to law enforcement. Law enforcement can remove your abuser from your home and protect your individual safety. After you report abuse to law enforcement, you should review your legal options with a qualified Riverside family law attorney, such as Michael R. Young.
What is domestic violence liability?
After a person has been domestically abused, he/she will probably have sustained great physical, psychological, or emotional injuries. These injuries are usually caused by the abusers negligent or reckless actions. Because the abusers are responsible for causing injury to the victim, the victim may seek financial compensation from the abuser by filing a civil suit. This concept is referred to as domestic violence liability, and it is an expanding area of law.
What is battered women’s syndrome?
Battered women’s syndrome is a psychological disorder that is found in women who are involved in abusive relationships. Often times, women suffering from battered women’s syndrome believe that the abuse is their fault and that they deserve to be treated poorly by the abuser.
What is a restraining order?
A restraining order is a court order that prevents a person from being in a set proximity or in contact with the petitioner of the order. Restraining orders are issued by judges in the family courts and are legally binding.
What is an order of protection?
An order of protection is a court order that strictly prohibits the person named on the order from having any contact with the petitioner of the order. These court enforced orders may be short-term or long-term, and are created to ensure the safety and well-being of the petitioner.
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