San Francisco Domestic Violence Lawyer
Representing & Fighting for Those Who Have Been Abused
Every year, millions of people are impacted by various forms of domestic abuse. If you are a victim of domestic violence, you are not alone. Fenchel Family Law can provide you with the compassionate and personalized legal counsel you deserve.
Our San Francisco domestic violence lawyers understand that taking the first step to reclaiming your life by separating yourself from your abuser can be frightening. We are here to hold your hand through every step of the process.
What Is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence refers to intentionally or recklessly causing or attempting to cause bodily injury to another. It can also involve causing someone to fear immediate, serious bodily injury. However, the important distinction that sets domestic violence apart from other violent crimes is that the victim has some sort of relationship with the abuser, whether as a family member, loved one, or significant other.
Behaviors that can be classified as domestic violence include:
- Sexual assault
- Destruction of personal property
- Verbal abuse
Who Can Be a Victim of Domestic Violence?
In San Francisco, the Domestic Violence Prevention Act (DVPA) is designed to protect victims of domestic violence. This legislation allows individuals to obtain a restraining order against a perpetrator in a simplified and expedited manner.
The DVPA offers protection to:
- A spouse or former spouse
- A cohabitant or former cohabitant
- A person in a dating or engagement relationship
- A co-parent
- A child of a parent
- A blood relative
Domestic Violence and Alcohol
It’s a common misconception that alcohol or drug abuse causes domestic violence. However, that is simply not the case. Alcohol can fuel an already violent person, but it cannot the cause of the violence. If you’re being abused and your partner is blaming their behavior on alcohol, you still need protection and it’s important that you contact an attorney.
If you have suffered violence from one of these individuals, take the initial step toward your safety by getting in touch with our San Francisco domestic violence attorneys. Fenchel Family Law can help ensure you are granted the protection and peace of mind that you deserve.
How Long Do Domestic Violence Cases Last?
Domestic violence cases can linger for up to two years if you are in the middle of a domestic case. It is crucial to maintain your awareness with your attorney and remain focused on winning your case.
We Help You Take Your Life Back
We empower our clients to take their lives back as they navigate parenthood marriage, & divorce toward more vibrant futures.
No case is the same. We take the time to listen to our clients and really understand their goals and the future they are trying build.
Divorce can impact many areas of your life; therefore, we help our clients identify potential snares and give them the tools they need.
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We pride ourselves on being a trusted advisor. If we feel pursuing something could negatively impact your case, it's our job to let you know.