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Domestic Violence

Experienced and Compassionate Lawyers in South San Francisco Handle Domestic Violence Cases

Our compassionate attorneys protect you and your family from abuse

When somebody you love hurts you, the incident is shocking and frightening. Know that you have options to escape the abuse. The Law Offices of K.J. Petsas, PC has helped victims of domestic violence for four decades. In that time, we have guided clients through the legal process to obtain domestic violence injunctions against abusive partners in every county in South San Francisco. We treat you and your family with compassion and respect as we help you through this difficult experience.

How our firm can help

If you have been abused by your spouse, domestic partner, or a family member, our firm can help you access legal remedies. We will apply for a restraining order immediately to provide you relief from your abuser right away.

Some people believe the myth that you waive your right to your home by leaving it, no matter what the circumstances. This is not true. You will not be penalized for protecting yourself and your family.

A restraining order in California often includes provisions that specifically allow the victim to remain in the home, regardless of who owns it. The restraining order may also require your abuser to pay your bills and return property to you. The order mandates that your abuser stay away from you, your family and your pets. The subject of the domestic restraining order is not allowed to contact you, and they are not permitted to possess or buy a firearm.

We have handled numerous divorces involving victims of domestic violence and are particularly sensitive to your concerns. For example, we can often negotiate a settlement directly with your spouse’s attorney so you can avoid contact with them.

Types of domestic violence

Domestic violence can take many forms. Our firm is experienced in recognizing domestic violence and taking the appropriate actions in your best interests if you are a victim of:

  • Assault
  • Verbal spousal abuse
  • Physical spousal abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Child abuse
  • Harassment
  • Stalking
  • Harm to pets
  • Restraining order violations

Physical abuse may include not just hitting, but other harmful, controlling or intimidating physical contact such as hair pulling, strangulation, kicking, shoving, throwing things at you or blocking your means of exit. Your abuser might also use non-physical means of hurting you, including threatening words, humiliating taunts, screaming, or other emotional and psychological behavior. You do not deserve to be abused. We can help you escape.

We help you access legal protections and enforce domestic violence penalties against your abuser

California law enforcement authorities and the courts take domestic violence seriously. But the process can feel intimidating and filled with red tape. Our job is to help you access your rightful legal remedies to protect you and your family from your abuser. Depending upon your circumstances, our firm may pursue:

  • Your divorce from an abusive spouse
  • An emergency temporary restraining order against your abuser
  • A permanent restraining order against your abuser
  • A jail sentence for violations of your restraining order and for domestic battery charges
  • Your abuser’s permanent criminal record, preventing them from obtaining a firearm

In all cases, we ensure you and your family are kept safe. We also may pursue financial support from your abuser and the right for you to remain in your home, even if your abuser owns the home.

Contact us for help during this difficult time

Call the Law Offices of K.J. Petsas, PC at 650-624-8181 or contact us online for a free consultation about your options for protecting yourself and your family. Our South San Francisco law firm serves the victims of domestic violence in courts throughout the Bay Area.

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  • South San Francisco Office
    1475 Huntington Avenue
    Suite 205
    South San Francisco, California 94080
    Phone: 650-624-8181
    Fax: 650-737-7964
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