Leon F. Bennett, Esq.
Los Angeles and Ventura County DVRO Attorney
Domestic Violence Law
A Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) is a civil court order that is signed by a judge and orders the abuser to stop the abuse or face serious legal consequences. A DVRO offers civil legal protection from domestic violence to both female and male victims.
Defining Domestic Violence
There are many forms of domestic violence. An act is considered Domestic Violence when your current or former spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, someone you have a child in common with, someone you live(d) with, or someone you are related to through blood does one of the following:
- Causes or attempts to cause you physical injury
- Sexually assaults you
- Makes you fear that you or another person is in danger of immediate, serious physical injury
- Molests, attacks, batters or strikes you
- Stalks you
- Threatens or harasses you – either in person or through phone calls, emails or other methods
- Destroys your personal property
- Disturbs your peace
A DVRO orders the abuser to stop any or all of the domestic violence definitions, and can also grant the victim several rights under child, property and even animal protection. In all cases it’s important to contact a family lawyer who is also a domestic partnership attorney. There are three types of DVROs:
- Emergency protective order
- Temporary restraining order
- Restraining order after hearing
Each type of DVRO contains serious legal penalties to the offender that can include jail time and monetary restitutions. To assure you and your family are well protected against any form of domestic violence, harassment or abuse, you need a family law firm in Southern California that is well-versed in the nuances and urgency of the situation.