Domestic Violence and Abuse

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Marin Domestic Violence Attorneys

Focusing on Domestic Violence Matters in California

Domestic violence is a sad fact of life that impacts thousands of Californians every single day.

It may take the shape of a woman arriving at the ER with a fractured skull, or a baby shaken until it suffers permanent brain damage. On the flip side of the coin, victims make false accusations against spouses, partners and parents. It is up to the courts to sort out the facts.

If a member of your family is being abused or if you have been charged with domestic violence, it is extremely important that you seek the immediate help of Kaspar & Lugay, LLP. Let us be your advocates in keeping you and your family safe. Call 415-789-5881 or contact us online today to schedule an initial consultation.

We handle a wide variety of domestic violence cases, including those involving:

Do You Need a DVRO (Domestic Violence Restraining Order)

Our experienced domestic violence and family law attorneys are committed to taking care of our clients. We have extensive experience in cases involving domestic violence. Our DVRO lawyers will take immediate action to protect you and your children and will provide experienced, effective representation in hearings. It is important that your response to domestic violence or allegations of abuse be carefully tailored to your unique situation. We will see that your appeal to the court is designed to provide the protection you need for as long as you need it.

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It is imperative that you contact an attorney if you or someone you love is being abused or has been accused of abuse. Contact us online or call 415-789-5881 to schedule an initial consultation today.

What are the types of Abuse

Abuse is considered to be a pattern of behavior used by one person to
gain and maintain power and control over another. There are, in
general, 6 types of abuse.

  • Physical: Any manner in making someone feel physically unsafe. Ex.
    invading someone’s physical space, punching, slapping, restraining a
    partner against their will, etc.
  • Verbal/Emotional: Using words to emotionally hurt a partner. This
    type is harder to spot and often happens over a longer period of time,
    in turn making it harder to heal from this abuse.
  • Mental/Psychological: Using actions or words to slowly wear away at a
    partner’s sense of mental wellbeing and health. It can often involve
    the victim doubt their own sanity and be reluctant to tell anyone about
    the abuse they are going through.
  • Financial/Economic: Using finances as a means to control their
    partner. It can range from controlling the budget for the entire
    household and not allowing the partner to access their own bank
    account/spend money, to not letter the victim to have a job and earn
    their own money. This type of abuse can often be difficult for victims
    because it prevents them from being able to leave an abusive

What are the signs of abuse

The signs behind abuse are not always obvious as you might think.
Domestic abuse ranges and comes in a variety of forms, from controlling
the spouse’s mind and feelings to physically hurting them. If you feel
that you are being abused, you may be right and should seriously
consider getting help from Kaspar & Lugay LLP. Here are some signs
of abuse:

  • Your partner bullies, threatens, or controls you: Criticizes you, threatens to kill you or someone close to you, throws things or punches when angry
  • Your partner cuts you off from family and friends: Makes you ask for permission to see friends and family, keeps track of where you go and with who you go with
  • Your partner physically abuses you: Abandons you in a place you don’t know, physically attacks you, locks you in or out of your house
  • Your partner sexually abuses you: Forces you to have sex, makes you feel that you owe them sex, refuses to use condoms or other birth control

How does domestic violence affect the victim

Domestic violence tears lives apart and has far ranging effects:

  • Emotional and psychological trauma
    — the devastating impact on an individual’s physical, mental and emotional health including depression, shame, anger and suicide
  • Violence and the threat of violence at home creates fear and can
    destroy family environments and lead to the break-up of families
  • Higher rates of alcohol and other drug use, and mental health problems
  • Children face physical and emotional harm (ongoing anxiety and
    depression, self-harm, have trouble forming positive relationships, use
    bullying behavior or become a target of bullying)

Who does domestic violence affect

Domestic violence has a range of significant number of victims in a variety of ways:

  • On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an
    intimate partner in the United States. During one year this equates to
    more than 10 million women and men
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner
    physical violence, intimate partner contact sexual violence, and/or
    intimate partner stalking with impacts such as injury, fearfulness,
    post-traumatic stress disorder, use of victim services, contraction of
    sexually transmitted diseases, etc.
  • 1 in 3 and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.

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Kaspar & Lugay, LLP is a family law firm with offices in Corte Madera, CA; Napa, CA; Walnut Creek, CA; and San Diego, CA. We also represent clients in San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, Pismo Beach, Contra Costa County, and Los Angeles.