Does A Domestic Violence Victim Have to Testify In San Diego?
People who leave abusive situations often do so under extreme stress and the very real threat of repercussions from their abuser, family members, or close friends. On top of these concerns, they may fear bringing their abuser to court, in case they’re required to testify. If you’re concerned about having to testify in a domestic violence case, contact an experienced family law attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer can help you understand your rights in the case.
If you’re seeking a Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) in California, you may have to testify. However, you do not always have to appear in court, in person, to testify for a DVRO. Instead, your testimony can be included as part of the written documentation submitted to the court to establish your need for a DVRO.
In many cases, including your written testimony is enough to ensure the DVRO is issued. If you are required to go to court to establish your need for a DVRO, however, your lawyer can help you prepare to give in-person testimony that demonstrates the vital importance of this restraining order in protecting your health and safety and that of your children.
The Law Office of Thomas M. Huguenor understands the courage and strength it takes to protect yourself and break the cycle of domestic violence. We know how hard it can be to rebuild your life. To learn more about how we can help, contact us today.
We can be reached at (858) 458-9500.