Domestic Violence in Washington State
Domestic violence charges encompass many forms of abuse within a family unit. Examples include physical or sexual assault, false imprisonment, harassment, and neglect. Perpetrators can also be charged for violating existing protective orders, which prevent the abuser from making any contact with the victim. Anyone can be at risk for domestic violence, including children, adults, and the elderly.
When people hear the phrase “domestic violence,” the first thing that comes to mind is one spouse attacking another spouse. While spousal abuse is certainly the most common type of domestic violence, it isn’t the only one. It can occur in any of the following scenarios:
- Divorced spouses
- Stepparents and stepchildren
- People dating
Washington State Domestic Violence Laws
If the court believes a child or adult is a victim of domestic violence, it can issue a protective order to ensure the individual is safe. This court order of protection will bar the suspected abuser from having any contact with the victim. Moreover, the perpetrator is barred from coming within a certain distance of the individual being protected.
Although most people think of criminal lawyers as the primary legal representation in domestic violence cases, family law attorneys play a vital role as well. Abuse victims need qualified advocates to protect and secure their rights. At LaCoste Law, we have the skill and professional experience needed to handle family law cases involving domestic violence in Washington State. We provide compassionate support and legal counsel throughout the entire process.
Contact a Domestic Violence Attorney
If you fear for the safety of yourself and/or your children because you believe you are living in a violent and abusive relationship, get help. At LaCoste Law, we can assist you in taking positive and productive steps toward safety. Please contact us at (509) 392-8000 or email [email protected] today for a complimentary consultation to discuss your case.