Domestic abuse can happen to anyone. In fact, it is estimated that over 4,000 people die because of the actions of an abuser each year. Countless more will suffer injuries.
If you are experiencing abuse or if you suspect a loved one may be involved with an abuser, you can take action. There are many outlets which safely provide assistance to those experiencing domestic abuse. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is a great resource. Call 1-800-799-7233 or text “START” to 88788 to reach them. Another option is to contact a family law attorney who may be able to help with your legal needs and provide other recommendations for services.
What Your Family Law Attorney Can Do
It can be scary or intimidating to begin the process of separating from or divorcing an abuser. Many abusers use threats and control tactics to perpetuate a feeling of powerlessness. Sometimes this includes threats of taking custody of the children involved should the victim attempt to leave. If you are in an abusive relationship, document your interactions with the other person. Then when you are ready to contact an attorney, you will be able to present this documentation to them.
Even if you have financial concerns, a family law attorney can help. They have the knowledge of the law to advise you in what you can legally do and what you should do to continue building your case against your abuser. Perhaps the biggest benefit of turning to a family law attorney for domestic violence help is that you will not have to face your abuser alone or in person. The attorney can talk directly with the abuser or the abuser’s lawyer. Also, they may provide assistance in requesting a restraining order or legal custody of your children.
Wagstaff and Pitelis Can Help
If you are looking for help for domestic abuse, our team of experienced attorneys is just a phone call away. Whether you are in Clearwater, Largo or any of the other neighboring communities, call us at (727) 584-8182 for your no-obligation consultation. If you feel you are in immediate danger, call 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline.