Domestic violence affects millions of Americans. Domestic violence comes in many forms, and it affects people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds. While women and children are the most common victims of domestic violence, men can also be victims. People who have been the victims of domestic violence are often afraid to seek help, but they are not alone. The compassionate domestic violence lawyer of Grazi & Gianino will stand by your side to defend your rights and put an end to domestic violence.
There is still a misconception among some people that sexual assault and rape cannot happen in the context of a marriage. It is true that spousal rape was not a crime in the past, but in all of the United States and most of the developed world it has become a crime. Sexual activity always requires mutual consent, whether or not the two people involved are married.
Restraining orders are legal documents commonly used to protect the victims of domestic violence from their abusers. The exact restrictions of the restraining order can vary from case to case, but they can include forbidding the abuser from coming within a certain distance of the victim. Restraining orders can also forbid attempts to contact by phone, mail, or other means. Restraining orders are not usually permanent, but they can be an effective way to keep an abuser away while the victim pursues legal action and works to restore his or her life to order.
As many as two-thirds of all cases of domestic violence go unreported. Victims of domestic violence have often sustained so much physical, psychological, sexual, and emotional abuse that it may seem impossible to reach out for help. Abusers often try to degrade their victims’ sense of self-worth, making them feel powerless to help themselves.
By acting now, you can put a stop to the violence and protect yourself and your loved ones from further harm. To learn more, contact Grazi & Gianino today by calling (772) 286-0200.
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