What is Domestic Violence?
Washington’s definition of domestic violence essentially equates to an act, or fear of an act, by one family member, or person living in that household, against another family member, household member or intimate partner. The domestic violence statute has changed in the recent years.
Whether you are in need of obtaining a domestic violence protection order or need to respond to a Petition for Domestic Violence, a domestic violence attorney can assist you with obtaining a temporary order or responding to a Petition and temporary order you have been served with.
The new Civil Protection Order statute is RCW 7.105. This new statute provides the basis for elements necessary to obtain a civil protection order. The new statute incorporates the former statutes that included Domestic Violence Protection Orders, Anti-Harassment Orders, Vulnerable Adult Protection Order. A domestic violence attorney can assist you in determining whether the facts around your situation meet the criteria for a protective order.
Washington State formerly defines domestic violence under RCW 26.50.010(3) as Physical Harm, Bodily Injury, Assault, or the Infliction of Fear of Imminent Physical Harm, Bodily Injury, or Assault, Sexual Assault, or Stalking of One Intimate Partner by another Intimate Partner, or One Family or Household member by another family or household member.
Although it’s an extremely sensitive subject that most would prefer not to speak about, domestic violence is a very serious problem which occurs more often than most people would think. Many people wait too long to seek out a lawyer for domestic violence. Our attorneys are experienced in dealing with these allegations and helping people escape the cycle of violence. Our family law attorneys understand that domestic violence is especially prevalent in situations such as during a separation or divorce, where tensions can rise.
If you have been threatened or harmed by your partner or you feel unsafe, do not hesitate to seek an attorney to help protect you, your loved ones, and your interests. At Whalley Law, we understand that it can be difficult to report your partner for domestic violence but also understand that it’s imperative to address the problem. If you need a lawyer for domestic violence contact us today to have a confidential consultation.