Fairfax Domestic Violence Victims Lawyer
Dedicated to Helping Clients & Families
Incidents of domestic violence affect every member of the family, including the perpetrator, the victim, children, and other family members. Various resources and legal options are available to victims of domestic violence. If you’ve been subjected to abuse by a family member, report the situation immediately, then seek legal representation from a skilled attorney who will fight to protect your best interests.
At The Law Office of Ann Thayer, PLLC, our Fairfax domestic violence victims attorney is committed to helping clients and families with their legal needs.
When you are ready to discuss your situation with a lawyer, call (703) 940-0001 for a free consultation.
Resources for Victims of Domestic Violence
Victims of domestic violence often stay because they feel trapped in the situation or are afraid to leave. In the event of an assault from a family or household member, the most immediate assistance available to victims is local law enforcement. Under Virginia law, if there is probable cause of an assault, police officers must respond to domestic violence calls and arrest the aggressor. In addition, protective orders are available for victims.
Resources and help for victims can be found through:
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached by telephone at 1-800-787-3224 or 24/7 online chat at https://www.thehotline.org/
- Virginia’s Family Violence and Sexual Assault hotline by calling 1-800-838-8238
- Local Departments of Social Services
- Shelters and programs can be accessed through the Action Alliance Sexual & Domestic Violence Member Agencies in Virginia at https://www.dss.virginia.gov/family/domestic_violence/Shelters_Programs.pdf
- A guide to securing housing after experiencing Domestic Violence https://www.bankrate.com/insurance/homeowners-insurance/regain-independence-after-domestic-violence/
If you are experiencing violence in your home, the wellbeing of you and your children is the primary concern. It is essential to develop a plan to get to safety and understand that help is available. Until you are able to get away, it can be a good idea to keep your important documents, identification, records, money, and an extra set of keys with a trusted family member or friend. If you have to leave suddenly, you won’t need to worry about taking the time to gather your papers and information.
Ways an Attorney Can Help
In domestic violence situations, people often consider contacting an attorney for the accused, but it can also be beneficial for the victim to seek legal representation. While there are many things you can do to protect yourself, some steps require an attorney with the right experience.
The legal implications of domestic violence situations can be far-reaching and include criminal court, civil court, and family court.
A domestic violence attorney may be able to help with:
- Seeking a protective order,
- Guiding you through the process of custody proceedings,
- Explaining your legal rights, and
- Helping you locate resources in your local community where you may find additional support and assistance
Get Knowledgeable Legal Advice
Each situation is unique, so it is important to speak with an attorney for skilled legal advice. Our Fairfax domestic violence victims lawyer offers a free initial consultation to discuss your circumstances and explore your legal options. We offer flexible appointment scheduling for in-office, telephone, same-day, and evening or weekend case evaluations.