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Domestic Violence Basics – Creating a Safety Plan

Posted on in Divorce/Family Law

Hartland family law attorneyDomestic violence victims are often in the greatest amount of danger, right after they leave or decide to leave their abuser. Generally, this is because the abuser is trying to reassert his or her control. However, there are some abuser actions that are clearly meant to punish or exact revenge. In either case, victims should know how to keep themselves and their children safe. Learn more, including how an experienced family law attorney can help with the process.

What is a Safety Plan?

A safety plan is a personalized plan for maintaining the safety of you and your children as you transition out of the relationship. Good plans are comprehensive, covering everything from while you are preparing to leave to once you are gone and going through the divorce or separation process. Most safety plans also require you to consider what you will need – money, birth certificates, identification, etc. – to start an independent life.

How to Create a Safety Plan

Victims who wish to create a safety plan can speak with the National Domestic Violence Hotline, or they can print off the free safety plan template on the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence’s website. Another option is to contact an experienced family law attorney.

While the former options are often suitable for victims who are just preparing to leave a domestic violence situation, they are encouraged to seek experienced legal counsel as they near their exit date. The reasons for this are simple: legal action provides more protection.

How an Experienced Family Law Attorney Can Help

Having an attorney by your side as you prepare to leave your abusive relationship can ensure you have assistance with matters like obtaining an order of protection and filing your divorce petition. An attorney can also advise you of your rights and options, and they can ensure you know what to expect throughout the entire family law process. Do not choose just any attorney though; instead, ensure you have a legal advocate that you can trust to handle matters quickly, skillfully, and with compassion.

At Bucher Law Group, LLC, we understand the dangers and challenges that domestic violence victims face when trying to leave. Dedicated to protecting your safety and best interests, our Hartland, WI family law attorney can take swift and aggressive action in your case. Get started by scheduling a confidential consultation. Call 262-303-4916 today.

Sources:

http://www.ncdsv.org/images/DV_Safety_Plan.pdf

http://www.thehotline.org/help/path-to-safety/

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