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If you’re reading this, chances are, either you or someone you know, has been a victim of domestic violence.
Defined by the United States Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, the definition of domestic violence is “a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain control over another intimate partner.” The Surgeon General has deemed domestic violence as the number one health concern in the country.
One of the biggest misconceptions regarding domestic violence is the idea there must be “violence” involved. Many people fail to report activity that falls under the crime of “domestic violence” because they are ill-informed regarding what “violence” entails.
Here is a brief list of what constitutes domestic violence:
If you are the victim of domestic violence and you want help, contact Mendes Weed, LLP. We will listen compassionately without judgment and advise you of your rights. If you need help filing for and obtaining a restraining order, we can assist you.
We encourage you to get help if you think you may be a victim of domestic violence. Here are some resources that might be of service to you.
National Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800-799-7233
National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN) – 1-800-656-4673
Disclaimer: The tips and materials provided on this page are for informational purposes only, offered as public service. No information on this website should be considered legal advice or used as a substitute for legal advice. For legal advice, you should contact an attorney directly.