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Heed the warning signs of stalking behavior

Stalking in California is not something done mainly by strangers. In fact, the opposite is true; although sometimes it is done by a stranger, stalkers are many times an estranged spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend. It is not limited to adults either; teens can be stalking victims too. It can be a frightening experience for anyone who thinks they are being stalked, and it is something that you should take very seriously.

The scary subtleties of emotional violence

Anyone on the outside of an abusive situation is, inevitably, at more of a distance to the issue than the victim themselves. This detachment is often what allows hidden problems to go unnoticed, as many Californians have painfully experienced. What many family and friends are unaware of -- despite their good intentions -- is that it can take years to heal from the extent of damage from domestic violence. This damage is commonly found within emotional domestic abuse. 

Overcoming domestic financial abuse

Those in Los Angeles who have not experienced domestic violence often find it difficult to understand why breaking away from such abuse is so hard. Many of the abuse victims that we here at the Thomas Law Offices have worked with report hearing the same question over and over: "Why don't you just leave?" If you are currently suffering through domestic abuse, you know that leaving is not that easy. 

Steps when there is a 911 call about domestic violence

Domestic violence does not discriminate against alleged defendants or victims. It occurs between California individuals regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic backgrounds and age. As described by the Guidelines for Effective Response to Domestic Abuse, within the state generally and the law enforcement community specifically, most law enforcement agencies have a domestic violence protocol.

Determining a domestic abuser's custody rights

Domestic violence continues to be an issue that plagues certain marriages in Los Angeles. Whether such abuse represents a single incident or a continued pattern of behavior, the results can be just as damaging. Indeed, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that the number of intimate partner attacks that occur in the U.S. averages out to about 20 per minute. When such incidents result in divorce, the perpetrators' actions are taken into account when determining factors such as child custody. Yet does a history of domestic violence automatically prevent one from having any future association with his or her kids? 

Arrest marks San Diego man’s third domestic violence complaint

The common concern that many who are suffering at the hands of abusive spouses in Los Angeles is that their claims of domestic violence may not be taken seriously, or that even if action is taken against their attackers, little will result from it. When a domestic abuser is able to avoid serious consequences for his or her actions, one might argue that he or she may feel empowered to continue (and, in some cases, even escalate) the violence. At the same time, his or her victim may believe that there is little that he or she can do to escape and subsequently protect him or herself from continued attacks.

What should you know about domestic violence?

People all across the state of California have the misfortune of being trapped in violent relationships. The Thomas Law Offices work to provide you with information that you should have regarding domestic violence, so that you can recognize the warning signs and work toward getting out of a bad situation.


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