Cindy Best
Handling Domestic Violence Issues

It is important for family law attorneys to be educated about domestic violence. 1,300,000 women in the U.S. are victims of domestic violence by intimate partners every year. Battered women are not the only victims of abuse; it is estimated that anywhere between 3.3 million and 10 million children witness domestic violence annually. Statutory Definition … Continue reading Handling Domestic Violence Issues

Cindy Best
Domestic Violence Month: It’s Not Over

October was Domestic Violence Awareness month. It’s a good idea to focus on such a devastating and widespread dysfunction in our families and relationships that crosses all boundaries of race, finance, geography, education, status, job, or any other segregating parameter. But just because the month of awareness is over, does not mean that domestic violence … Continue reading Domestic Violence Month: It’s Not Over

Cindy Best
Domestic Violence Month: After You Get Your Order Of Protection

If you have gone to court and received your Order of Protection, the other side might ask for a hearing. If they do, do not be alarmed. That just means that they want to go tell a Judge their story, oftentimes without understanding the law. You need to consider hiring an attorney to go to … Continue reading Domestic Violence Month: After You Get Your Order Of Protection

Cindy Best
Domestic Violence Month: Dogs, Kids, and Domestic Violence

We tend to think that domestic violence only affects the partner spouse/girlfriend/boyfriend but there is collateral and direct damage to children and pets. A batterer who abuses their dogs or cats is more likely to abuse a person, adult or child. A family where there is domestic violence puts the children at risk. Up to … Continue reading Domestic Violence Month: Dogs, Kids, and Domestic Violence

Cindy Best
Domestic Violence Day: Emergency Order of Protection

If you need emergency relief on weekends, at night or on legal holidays you may need an Emergency Order of Protection.¬† If needed follow the following steps: Contact your local law enforcement agency and file a complaint. Law enforcement will review the situation and determine whether a domestic violence situation exists. After the police officer … Continue reading Domestic Violence Day: Emergency Order of Protection

Cindy Best
Domestic Violence Awareness Month: What Exactly Is Domestic Violence

If you don’t know baseball, I apologize in advance for this analogy. A long time ago when I coached baseball, I tried to teach the players to tag up when there was a fly ball to the outfield. As the ball would fly to the outfield, I started yelling “tag up!” I could not understand … Continue reading Domestic Violence Awareness Month: What Exactly Is Domestic Violence

Cindy Best
Domestic Violence Day: Filing An Order Of Protection

Why do we need a day for this? Because domestic violence is epidemic in our country and in Maricopa County and it crosses all lines of race, status, money, professions, geography, age, sex, religion, education, house size, and any other characteristic. If you are a victim, there is help, you are not alone and it … Continue reading Domestic Violence Day: Filing An Order Of Protection

Cindy Best
Domestic Violence Awareness Month: No Woman is an Island

If you find yourself in an abusive relationship, you are not alone. There is help for you and it is not your fault. Abusive relationships kind of creep up on you. It never starts out day one with abuse. No one would stick around for that. But it starts with promises, love, devotion, and care … Continue reading Domestic Violence Awareness Month: No Woman is an Island

Cindy Best
Domestic Violence Awareness Month: The Courts Can Help Protect You From Domestic Violence

Orders Of Protection There are four different types of Orders that may be filed: Order of Protection Emergency Order of Protection Injunction Against Harassment Injunction Against Workplace Harassment.   Relevant orders pertaining to domestic violence are the Order of Protection, Emergency Order of Protection or an injunction Against Harassment. What Is An¬†Orders Of Protection? Protection … Continue reading Domestic Violence Awareness Month: The Courts Can Help Protect You From Domestic Violence

Cindy Best
Domestic Violence Awareness Month: All My Life’s A Circle, Sunrise and Sundown

You might be too young to know those lyrics of the song made popular by Pete Seeger, Judy Collins and Harry Chapin and others. But if you remember it, you know it fits a relationship of abuse. The circle of abuse goes round and round and it is hard to get off and get out. … Continue reading Domestic Violence Awareness Month: All My Life’s A Circle, Sunrise and Sundown

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