Domestic violence generally means any type of violent or abusive behavior committed by a family or household member against another. If you are a victim of domestic violence or believe that you have been unfairly accused of domestic violence, you should talk to Richmond domestic violence attorneys.
Types of Domestic Violence
Some common forms of domestic violence include:
- Physical Abuse. This can include one family member hitting and striking another. Physical abuse can mean a wide range of actions from pushing someone to stabbing and even shooting another household member.
- Psychological Abuse. Oftentimes overlooked because there may not be overt signs of abuse, psychological abuse can include degrading someone, constant berating, demeaning behavior, and other forms of emotional abuse. Psychological abuse can also include threats and intimidation that fall short of physical abuse.
- Sexual Abuse. Family members are often the victim of rape and sexual assault by other members of the household. Victims of sexual abuse can include spouses and even children.
This is just a short list of types of domestic violence. There are many other types such as economic abuse, neglect, stalking, etc. If you are unsure if you are a victim, you may want to discuss your case with Richmond domestic violence attorneys.
Domestic Violence and Protective Orders
Victims of domestic violence can seek protection through protective orders. These orders are generally orders issued by a court that protect one person from abuse from another.
There are several different types of protective orders, including:
- Emergency Protective Order.
- Preliminary Protective Order.
- Final Protective Order.
As the name implies, you can request an emergency protective order immediately after an act of domestic violence. This order can protect you in the short-term, but only lasts for three days. In contrast, a final protective order may provide the most (and longest) protection, but can be the most difficult to get.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, you should contact an attorney to learn about a possible protective order. Attorney Van Smith is experienced in helping victims of abuse get the protection they need. You can contact him at 804-325-1245.