Palm Springs Domestic Violence Attorney
Your Domestic Violence Attorneys in Palm Springs, CA
What Is Domestic Violence in California?
Abuse or harm inflicted by a member of your household is considered domestic violence in California. This means the perpetrator could be a family member, partner, roommate, or even an adult child. The most recognizable form of domestic violence is physical:
- Sexual coercion or assault
- Intimidation and domination
- Withholding money or affection
- Pressuring you to engage in activities you are not comfortable with
Proving Domestic Violence Cases
For a court to charge an abuser with domestic violence, there must be proof of their actions. Though the words of a victim carry weight, it is not often enough to bring domestic abusers to justice. Working with an attorney affords you their years of experience to build a solid case against your abuser. Evidence that can help build your case includes:
- Pictures of your injuries
- Medical records that address any injury from the abuse
- Abusive tests, letters, messages, or emails from the offender
- Any witnesses that would be willing to testify in court
- Pictures of property damage resulting from the abuse
Resources Available for Domestic Violence Survivors
- California Partnership to End Domestic Violence. This organization is the recognized domestic violence coalition of California. They represent over 1,000 allied groups, organizations, and advocates throughout the state to end domestic violence and provide resources to those in need. They do not provide direct help. Instead, they provide referrals to local programs that could help. They have a map that organizes the state’s domestic violence resources by location so you can find resources close to you.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline. This national resource operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. It offers routes to call, chat, or text to reach someone that can offer free and compassionate support, crisis intervention information, referral services, and education in over 200 languages. The website has a fast way to close the webpage without being able to easily return to it.
Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
- Requiring the person to not contact or go near you, others that live with you, your children, or other family members
- Requiring the person to move out of your house, even if the house is shared
- Prohibiting the person from having a firearm
- Making the person return or release certain property
- Transferring any cell phone number and account rights to the protected person
- Making the person complete a 52-week batterer intervention program
A restraining order cannot end a marriage or domestic partnership, nor does it establish the parentage of your children.
The Law Offices of Athina K. Powers: Let Us Help With Your Domestic Violence Case
Being a domestic violence survivor is nothing to be ashamed of. The blame rests only on the abuser. They are well versed in methods to keep you questioning yourself, but taking any step to protect yourself is a noteworthy accomplishment. Contact the Law Offices of Athina K. Powers today so we can discuss your case and options to keep you safe.