Five Ways Domestic Violence Survivors Can Protect Their Legal Rights

In the past, you may have read our blog post about Ways Domestic Violence Can Be More Than Physical. In today’s post, we plan to explore ways in which the survivors of domestic violence and other abuse can protect themselves legally. Whether you’ve faced physical violence, threats, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, stalking, or other forms of domestic violence, we want to provide you with the resources you need to protect yourself and those you love.

1. Call the police.

When your partner has committed a crime against you, or you fear they may be about to, don’t hesitate to call the police, even if they tell you not to. They can likely be charged with assault, and you will have a police report to account for what has happened. 

2. Save documentation.

It is important to collect evidence of the abuse you have experienced in whatever way you can. You should hang on to incriminating text messages and voicemails as well as police reports and medical reports if you have them. Evidence is valuable, and your attorney will be able to use it to help you protect your legal rights.

3. File a protective order.

According to research from the U.S. Department of Justice, 80% of domestic violence victims who apply for protective orders report feeling safer afterwards. 65% reported that there were no continuing problems after they got a protective order. It is by no means a guaranteed fix, but it is considered the second-best option for those experiencing domestic violence — second only to leaving your abuser. A domestic violence attorney can help you file for a protective order.

4. Leave.

The best way to protect yourself is to get away from the abuser. We know that this can be extremely daunting, but there are many resources to help you. The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence has a list of programs here.

5. Consult a family law and domestic violence attorney.

At any point in your experience, an attorney can help you figure out the best path to obtain safety and justice. If you are experiencing domestic violence or have in the past and need help, contact The Grey Legal Group today. You can reach us at (951) 587-8970.

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