Domestic Violence Hearing in San Diego
Domestic violence is a serious issue. Yet, it's a common problem not only in California, but the entire nation. If you are victim of domestic violence or abuse, it is critical to the safety of you and your children to get immediate help. Try to get away from your abuser as soon as possible. Call the police, file a report, and get to a local shelter where you and children can remain safe.
If you are a victim or the respondent in a domestic violence hearing, it is important that you have an experienced San Diego family law attorney on your side. Huguenor Mattis, A.P.C. can help protect your rights every step of the way. Call us at (858) 458-9500.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 32.9 percent of women living in California have at some point in their lives been the victim of violence or stalking by a partner. That adds up to more than 4.5 million women now living in California who have experienced domestic violence at some point in their lives. Nationwide, one in four women report being victims of domestic violence.
Intimate partner violence results in more than 18.5 million mental health care visits each year in the U.S. Of those, 85 percent of domestic violence victims are women. The impact of domestic violence on children is also serious. Between 30 to 60 percent of abusers also abuse children in the household.
During the hearing, a family court judge will decide whether there is sufficient evidence to support protective orders in favor of the victim. Protective orders (also called restraining orders) will prohibit the abuser from contacting the victim in any way or coming within a certain distance of the victims at home, work, school, or any location the victim frequents. Restraining orders are issued for a certain period of time. The judge may also order that the victim get sole custody of the children to keep the entire family safe from abuse.
If you are the petitioner (victim) in a domestic violence matter, you can take the following steps to prepare for a domestic violence hearing:
- Prepare a thorough history of your relationship with the abuser.
- Provide any evidence you may have about past abuse.
- Take photographs of your injuries.
- Request copies of your medical records if you sought out medical attention after being abused.
Write down the day, date, time and place of the last time you were abused.
Document your financial needs if you plan on requesting emergency family maintenance at your domestic violence hearing. You will have to make a list of your income and monthly expenses to support your request.
If you or your children are in danger, call the police and contact a San Diego family law attorney. Huguenor Mattis, A.P.C. will help to protect you and your children. Call us at (858) 458-9500 or contact our San Diego attorneys for a no-cost consultation.