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Domestic violence is not an easy topic and not a lot of people open up about it, but domestic violence is a lot more common than we think. According to Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV), nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.

domestic violence threat The manifestation of domestic violence can vary from one relationship to another, so if you feel that you are a victim or are at danger of becoming a victim of emotional, physical, psychological, or sexual abuse, there is a way out and that there is help available. We at Panico Law Group, LLC are passionate in the fight against domestic violence and we are ready to help protect you from it.

The state of Ohio has several remedies and legal protections available for victims of domestic violence, this includes protective orders, civil lawsuits, child custody orders, and child or spousal support orders. By working with an experienced domestic violence attorney, you can be equipped with the knowledge about your legal options and the confidence to make wise decisions about your situation.

Ohio law does not limit the label of domestic violence victim to spouses, former spouses, and romantic partners. It also recognizes the possibility that domestic violence victims may be the family members of spouses, former spouses, or romantic partners. If you have reason to be concerned about your safety or the safety of your loved ones, contact a Columbus domestic violence attorney so that you can take the necessary legal action. Our trusted family lawyers here at Panico Law Group, LLC are knowledgeable in Ohio and Columbus laws on domestic violence and can provide the sound, honest legal advice that you need.

Call Panico Law Group, LLC at (614) 964-9860 for a Free Consultation with our Experienced Columbus Domestic Violence Lawyers.

Defining Domestic Violence

PADV’s definition of domestic abuse is that it’s a pattern of hurtful behavior used by one partner to systematically control and overpower the other. It can come in many forms and can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender, race, faith, and socioeconomic status.

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Ohio law recognizes several types of domestic violence—physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, economic or financial abuse, and even the mere threat of violence. And while these are all grounds for divorce, they can also be a sign of even greater violence in the future. Our lawyers here at Panico Law Group, LLC are committed to protecting you, your children, and other family members from getting hurt, abused, and manipulated.

Ohio protects the victims of domestic violence with both civil and criminal laws. And as an established local family law firm in Columbus, Panico Law Group, LLC is ready to take all possible measures to keep you safe from domestic violence as well as the negative reaction you might get from seeking help.

Obtaining an Order of Protection

child hiding Protection orders are court orders that direct a person to do or not to do certain things. They state terms that the person must follow or else they risk legal consequences. In the context of domestic violence situations, you may pursue a civil protection order (CPO) or a criminal/temporary protection order (TPO) or both in order to stop an abuser from harassing victims.

A civil protection order is intended to prevent further domestic violence and is issued by the Domestic Relations Court. It may contain orders to award temporary child custody or temporary support to the domestic violence victim, as well as ordering both parties to obtain counseling.

It is advisable that you consider requesting a CPO even if you already have a temporary protection order because a CPO lasts longer. An intention to divorce is also not required when asking for a CPO. When you or the victim is in present or immediate danger, a judge may issue a CPO on an emergency basis.

A criminal or temporary protection order is issued in connection with criminal cases of domestic violence and is also intended to prevent the abuser from committing any further acts of abuse. Its relief, however, is more limited than the CPO and stays effective for a shorter period of time.

Unlike a CPO, a TPO cannot contain any orders concerning child or spousal support, awarding the use of personal property, awarding child custody or visitation, or having the abuser obtain counseling.

Domestic violence situations are delicate and require the expertise of attorneys who are not only knowledgeable but who are also compassionate and sensitive to the needs and concerns of the victims. Our skilled lawyers at Panico Law Group, LLC are driven to keep you, your kids, and your loved ones away from the dangers of domestic violence. We strive to provide excellent, efficient legal services that can help ease the burden of going through domestic violence complaints and cases.

Protective Order Violations

domestic violence order arrest A violation of a protective order is a violation of an order of the court. In Ohio, if a person is found to have violated a protective order, they could be jailed and charged with a separate crime of aggravated stalking. In most cases, the first violation is a first-degree misdemeanor that is punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a fine of $1000. Second and subsequent violations could mean a fifth-degree felony that is punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine of $2500.

Panico Law Group, LLC doesn’t only specialize in family law, we are also very experienced criminal defense attorneys, so we are completely prepared to handle the most complex family law matters.

If you have any concerns about civil or temporary protection orders and possible violations of them, having an established domestic law office by your side is key. This helps you get a good idea about your situation, the possible implications of it, as well as the legal options available to you. The family law offices of Panico Law Group, LLC provide you with excellent legal services from accomplished Columbus domestic violence lawyers.

Your Columbus Domestic Violence Lawyers

If you have reason to be concerned about your safety and the safety of your family because of a domestic violence situation, contact a trusted Columbus domestic violence attorney immediately. Your wellbeing and the safety of your family are our top priority.

Columbus Domestic Violence Attorneys logo 2 300x120When it comes to domestic violence, we understand just how important it is to set up protective legal measures and we at Panico Law Group, LLC are ready to do that for you. Our accomplished family lawyers are here to assist you every step of the way. They can give you honest answers to your questions, practical advice to your concerns, and unwavering support in your case.

Call Panico Law Group, LLC at (614) 964-9860 for a FREE Consultation with a Domestic Violence Attorney!