Ellicott City Domestic Violence Lawyer
One in three women has been the victim of physical violence by an intimate partner, according to the National Council Against Domestic Violence. One in four men have also been physically harmed by an intimate partner. It can be terrifying leaving an abusive partner, and victims often leave and get sucked back in multiple times before they finally leave for good. If you are a victim of domestic violence, you are not alone. The Ellicott City domestic violence lawyers at Weinberg & Schwartz, L.L.C. are here to help in every way that we can. One way that we can help end the abuse once and for all is to issue an order of protection.
What Can a Protective Order Accomplish?
Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police. Victims choose not to report abuse for a variety of reasons, though the predominant reason motivation for not reporting violence is to avoid retaliation. In some circumstances, it can be extremely dangerous to leave an abusive relationship, and victims understand this. However, research has shown that protective orders can save lives, according to Vice. In states that have laws requiring the abuser to relinquish their firearm, research has shown that the risk of homicide is reduced by 12 percent. There are various types of protective orders in Maryland, and thankfully Maryland’s Extreme Risk Protective Order requires the dangerous party to surrender their firearm and ammunition to the police. In addition to firearm apprehension, protective orders can require the abusive partner to
- Have no contact with you;
- Stay away from your place of work, school, or home;
- Stop abusing, harassing, or threatening you; and
- Leave your home if you are married to the abuser, or if your name is on the lease or deed to the property.
The person whom the protective order is against faces criminal penalties if they violate the order, which is often enough to stop them from abusing, threatening, or harassing you further.
How a Protective Order Effects Custody and Other Divorce Issues
A protective order can have a serious impact on all divorce matters, including child custody, division of assets, and even alimony. If you are the abused party, we can help you get the asset distribution, custody rights, and alimony that you deserve. If you are the wrongly accused, you need experienced legal help to ensure that a potential protective order, or a current protective order, does not negatively impact your divorce. We can provide this legal help that you so desperately require, whether you are the abused or the wrongly accused.
Contact an Ellicott City Domestic Violence Attorney Today
Domestic violence is a problem in the U.S., and millions of women and men are left to suffer in silence, unsure of how to break the cycle of abuse to start their new life. If you are a victim of domestic violence, whether the individual is a spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, or family member, we can help. Similarly, if you have been wrongly accused of domestic abuse, you need to work with an attorney to ensure that your divorce, child custody, and all other divorce matters are handled fairly. Call the Ellicott City domestic abuse attorneys at Weinberg & Schwartz, L.L.C today at 410-997-0203 to schedule a free consultation.