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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.

Domestic abuser’s sentence too lenient, claims victim

Many people who are victims of domestic violence in Los Angeles are reluctant to come forward or to involve the police and press charges against their abuser. One reason crimes such as this often go unreported is that these cases can be difficult to prosecute. Those who have suffered violence or abuse at the hands of a loved one are then left with a feeling that justice has not been served.

Domestic violence, immigration and divorce

When it comes to divorce, each case is unique. For example, some couples may not have children, while others will go through a bitter dispute over child custody. Furthermore, there are other unique considerations, such as those who immigrated to the U.S. to get married. Unfortunately, some people in Los Angeles who have immigrated worry about the potential consequences of splitting up with their spouse, even if they are subjected to domestic violence. As a result, it is pivotal for everyone in this position to understand their rights.

Can you safely escape an abusive relationship?

Finding yourself caught in the middle of an abusive relationship is often alarming and debilitating. While it is critical to get out immediately and seek protection and safety, doing so can bring with it an onslaught of challenges and dangers. Fortunately, with the right approach, there is a way to safely escape an abusive relationship and move on.

Why people do not leave abusive relationships

Although there are many California residents who are aware that domestic violence does occur in households, many people do not understand just how widespread domestic abuse really is. In fact, it is estimated that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been in abusive relationships. Even if it is known that domestic violence is common, it is often not understood why people who are in abusive relationships simply do not leave.

What happens when a restraining order is granted?

Some divorces and separations in California involve allegations of domestic violence. When one spouse is accusing the other spouse of violence or threats of violence, a court may agree to grant a domestic violence restraining order. A parent may petition the court for a restraining order to protect themselves as well as any minor children that they have.


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