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 type.

 

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is any type of violence that happens within a family unit. It can occur in any of the following scenarios:

  • Divorced spouses
  • Stepparents and stepchildren
  • People dating
  • Roommates
  • Relatives/In-Laws
  • Siblings

 

What Happens When Domestic Violence Occurs in Washington State

Any time a child – or an adult – is believed to be at risk or a victim of domestic violence, the court 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 also barred from coming within a certain distance of the individual being protected.

 

Family Law and Domestic Violence

Another big issue with domestic violence is when people hear about it the first thing that comes to mind – in the lawyer department – is a criminal lawyer. The individual who has been accused of domestic violence, however, isn’t the only one who needs legal protection. If you or your child has been the victim of domestic violence, you need a lawyer to help protect and secure your rights.

At LaCoste Law, we have the skill and professional experience needed to handle family law cases involving domestic violence.

 

Get Support from a Domestic Violence Lawyer

If you fear for the safety of yourself and/or your children because you believe you are living in a violence and abusive relationship, get help. At LaCoste Law, we can assist you in taking positive and productive steps toward safety. Please contact us or email info@lacostefamilylaw.com today.