Domestic violence has reared its ugly head in the news recently. There are resources for victims of domestic violence. For resources in Alameda County, click here; Contra Costa County, click here. The legal system also addresses domestic violence in the family law court system.
Victims can request Domestic Violence Restraining Orders (“DVRO”) which can include stay-away orders, custody/visitation orders (if children involved), and support orders. A person can request a DVRO in conjunction with a family law case (dissolution or paternity), but a previously existing case is not required.
If domestic violence is an issue in your case, be sure to talk to an experienced family law attorney who can help you navigate the legal system and obtain the help and legal protections you need.