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Encino Domestic Violence Lawyer

Helping People Throughout San Fernando Valley

If you or a loved one has been the victim of domestic violence, the first and most important thing you can do is to call the police. Not reporting domestic violence or spousal abuse can result in further injury to you or your loved one. You do not have to risk your life any longer and do not have to put up with the abuse or harassment you have been victimized by. A San Fernando Valley domestic violence attorney may be able to make a positive difference in your life by assisting you in dealing with this situation.

Domestic violence is defined as physical, sexual or emotional abuse between family members or cohabitants (people that share a residence.) It may also include neglect or child endangerment as well. With the help of an attorney, you may be able to file for a restraining order or order of protection against your abuser. This will prohibit any contact from the abuser, including banning him or her from coming within a certain distance of you and possibly your children.

Types of Domestic Violence

When emotions are running high and words are flying fast, hurtful things can be said, or even worse, violent actions can be experienced. Though most people think domestic abuse only occurs when violent physical action influences another person, domestic violence can manifest itself in several forms, like emotional abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, and psychological abuse. There is no form less damaging than the other.

Emotional Abuse

Emotionally abusive relationships can be just as hurtful as physical abuse. If your domestic partner or spouse calls you names; insults you; criticizes you; controls your friends, money, and who you spend time with; threatens to hurt you, children, pets, or your family; or humiliates you in any way; you may be a victim of an emotionally abusive domestic relationship. It may be in your best interest to seek professional medical treatment and emergency legal assistance.

Physical Abuse

Physically abusive relationships are probably the most commonly known type of domestic violence, but can be experienced in less obvious ways. If your domestic partner or spouse damages property when angry or upset; abandoned you in a dangerous area; scared you by driving recklessly; forced you to leave your own home; prevented you from calling for assistance; or hurt your children, you may be a victim of a physically abusive relationship. Seeking legal help, medical attention, and contacting law enforcement authorities could protect your life and your child's life.

Sexual Abuse

Much like physical and emotional abuse, sexual domestic violence can manifest in ways that are not at first expected. If your domestic partner or spouse accuses you of cheating or is often jealous of your relationships; views the opposite sex as mere objects; forces you to dress in sexual ways; ignored your feelings regarding sex; or manipulated you into having sex, you may be a victim of a sexually abusive relationship. Law enforcement agencies should be notified immediately, and contacting a legal representative could ensure your safety and well-being.

Obviously, domestic violence has repercussions far beyond the physical manifestations of bumps, bruises, or cuts. Domestic violence has the potential to rip families apart, to eternally scar someone emotionally, psychologically, and sexually. If you find yourself being a victim of domestic abuse, do not hesitate to call Cutter & Lax, Attorneys at Law. With over 30 years of dedicated service to our clients in family law, we are committed to your safety and well-being. In addition to this, Attorney Nelson Cutter is a former JAG Officer and a Retired Reservist with Prior Enlisted Experience, so he understands your need for justice to be served swiftly.

Experience You Can Count On

At Cutter & Lax, we understand that this time in your life can be emotionally charged. If a spouse has abused you or a family member, you deserve justice—and our firm can help you achieve that. When you are facing a domestic violence or divorce case, it is imperative that you work with our firm. For years, we have assisted countless clients reach favorable settlements or verdicts for their case and we may be able to help you as well.

Divorce proceedings can be difficult enough, especially when you are looking to place criminal charges against someone as well; but Cutter & Lax can assist you in all legal proceedings. We know that you need a lawyer for your domestic violence case in San Fernando Valley, and we are here to help. We offer free case evaluations to all potential clients and the opportunity to speak directly to the lawyer who will be assisting your case.

Contact Cutter & Lax today to schedule your free case evaluation and to move forward with your life.

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