Domestic Violence

Victims of Domestic Violence


Filing a Restraining Order

Addressing domestic violence is a important component of our San Diego family law practice. There is nothing more frightening and unsettling than living in an environment where you or your children do not feel safe. If a household member or former spouse, or even someone you are dating or you dated in the past, has harmed or threatened you, or your children, we can help. After reviewing your case, one of our attorneys will file a request for a restraining order that will require the restrained party to cease all contact with you, and compel that party to leave your residence.

Restrictions and Compliance

A restraining order is a protective measure for domestic violence victims ordered by the court to safeguard you and your family and prevent your abuser from contacting you or going near your workplace or property. In any domestic violence matter, the court will also ensure your abuser does not have a gun and complies with all other court orders, including those related to child custody and visitation.

Accused of Domestic Violence


Contact an Experienced Family Law Attorney Immediately

If you have been arrested and charged with domestic violence, it is critical that you contact an experienced family law attorney right away. Although you will almost certainly need to consult with criminal defense counsel, we can represent you in the restraining order proceeding in family court and ensure that your constitutional rights are protected if you are charged with domestic violence in San Diego.

Domestic Violence

How a Permanent Restraining Order Impacts You

But even if you are not arrested or charged with a crime, it is important to understand how you will be impacted by a permanent restraining order: it can result in the loss of your job, your professional license, and can impact your ability to travel or get housing.

You will not be able to own or carry a firearm, enlist in the military, obtain many student loans, or enroll in some graduate school programs. In domestic violence matters, if you are required to carry a gun for your career, whether you work in law enforcement, the military, or in private security, absent an exemption, which is rarely granted, your job will be significantly affected.

Temporary Restraining Order Considerations

When you have been named in a temporary restraining order in San Diego, our attorneys will work with you to avoid a permanent restraining order. If you have been accused of domestic violence, get in touch with one of the experienced attorneys at Schaffer Family Law Group as soon as possible.