As an attorney who has practiced primarily in the area of family law, I am unfortunately very familiar with how domestic violence plays out in all kinds of situations. At Sherman Law Office, LLC, I often deal with issues of domestic violence, either as part of a larger family law case or in the context of a client who needs to seek, or defend against, a civil protective order.
Domestic violence takes many forms. It can be an episode or a pattern of physical abuse, and that is what many people think of when they hear the term. But domestic violence can also include the threat of physical abuse as well as emotional or sexual abuse, controlling the abused partner economically, isolating him or her from support systems, or using threats to children or pets to control the abused partner’s behavior. The common thread is that domestic violence gives an abuser control over a victim through fear and intimidation.
If you have experienced domestic violence and need help, know that you are not alone. I regularly help my clients through the process of obtaining protective orders for their safety. Please do not let hesitate to make me aware that domestic violence has occurred in your case. Often clients are uncomfortable coming forward, especially when it is something that they may have learned to live with for years. You are not alone.
The presence of domestic violence in a relationship is also a concern that Alaska courts take very seriously, and it can have effects on your case for years to come. If you have experienced domestic violence and want to know what your legal options are, and discuss what comes next, please contact me at Sherman Law Office, LLC, (907) 290-8700, or send me a secure message to set up an appointment.
If you are experiencing an emergency or your life or safety are in danger, please DO NOT wait until can contact me. You can call 911. You may also seek resources through the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, at https://andvsa.org/.