Domestic violence is defined as threatened or actual physical abuse from someone in your family or with whom you have a close relationship. If you have an incident of domestic violence, your first step is always to call the police to make sure that you are protected and that there is a record of the domestic violence occurring. A victim of domestic violence must prove the violence by calling police witnesses, by seeking help from medical personnel, and by making sure that photographs and other documentation are obtained in order to preserve evidence.
At the Law Office of Richard E. Bawden and Robert A. Kochis, we can help you get an order to remove the abusing individual from your household for your safety. If children are involved, we can limit the contact between the abusing person and the children, if for no other reason than to give the abusing person time to understand the ramifications of their actions and consider the children’s safety and well-being. Once the safety of the children and the abused individual are taken care of, the situation can be assessed to determine whether or not permanent restraining orders are what is best for all involved or if there are other remedies that may help the parties achieve their goals and protect the children.