Keith Banks is a domestic violence attorney in Davis, CA, that can provide strong legal representation to clients that need assistance with their domestic violence issues.
Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence, not just a spouse. This includes those seeking the protection of a domestic violence restraining order and those who believe they were wrongfully accused.
Attorney Banks is also committed to helping those who believe that they have been wrongfully accused of domestic violence. We have seen instances where spouses, in attempting to further other litigation, have accused the opposing spouse of domestic violence.
The law recognizes that victims of domestic violence can be the spouse, a cohabiting partner, children, family member, and dating or live-in partner. Accounts of domestic violence are taken into both divorce and child custody proceedings, as well.
Having grown up in a household where domestic violence routinely occurred, Keith is committed to helping those who need help feeling and becoming, safe from abuse. Law Offices of Keith Banks
Understanding Domestic Violence
According to the US Department of Justice, domestic violence is defined as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner or child. This abuse can be:
- Physical: Hitting, slapping, shoving, grabbing, pinching, biting, hair pulling and even denying a partner or child medical care.
- Sexual: Coercing or attempting to coerce any sexual contact or behavior without consent. This includes, but is not limited to, marital rape, attacks on sexual parts of the body, forcing sex after physical violence has occurred, or treating one in a sexually demeaning manner.
- Emotional: Undermining an individual's sense of self-worth and/or self-esteem including criticism, diminishing one's abilities, name-calling, or damaging one's relationship with his or her children.
- Economic: Making, or attempting to make, an individual financially dependent by maintaining total control over financial resources, withholding one's access to money, or forbidding one's attendance at school or employment.
- Psychological: Can include, but is not limited to, causing fear by intimidation, threatening physical harm to self, partner, children, or partner's family or friends, destruction of pets and property, and forcing isolation from family, friends, or school and/or work.
If you believe you are dealing with domestic violence, it is vital that you seek help as soon as possible.
Filing a Restraining Order
The most common first step to combating domestic violence is to file for a domestic violence restraining order with the court. If this request is granted, the court will issue a temporary restraining order and set a hearing date for all parties to appear. This temporary restraining order will expire on the date of your hearing. If the request is denied, the court will not issue a temporary restraining order but will still set a hearing date for the parties to make their case.
Once the restraining order request has been filed with the court, the next step will be to serve copies of the request and the temporary orders of the abusive spouse. Once this has been completed, the final stage is to attend a hearing set by the court in order to determine if a longer order is appropriate.
Contact Us Today
Having grown up in a household where domestic violence routinely occurred, Attorney Banks is committed to helping those who need help feeling and becoming, safe from abuse. He will work with you on understanding what the law can, and cannot do to help you begin your life abuse-free. To schedule a consultation, please contact us online, or call us directly at (530)725-5388.