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Stop Domestic Violence

Dealing with Domestic Violence and you live in or around Wilkes-Barre?


Are you looking for a domestic violence attorney for victims? Maybe you did a search online for “domestic violence attorney near me”. If you are suffering from domestic abuse, please know that you have rights and you don’t have to suffer from this type of abuse. A domestic violence attorney can help you with getting custody of your children, setting up a restraining order and filing for divorce.


Let’s explore a few ways that a domestic violence attorney can help you.

What is Domestic Violence?

Is your spouse being physically or sexually violent? Do little things set them off? Do you and your kids have to tip-toe around them or they suddenly explode?


Domestic violence is anytime a person uses fear, control and/or force to intimidate someone else. This type of violence doesn’t isn’t limited to one event but may get worse over time. The spouse making the threats may appear rational to friends, neighbors and colleagues but deny their behavior at home. The spouse making threats may blame their victim for their actions or hostile temper or said the kids caused them to overreact and become violent.


Domestic violence abusers sometimes play mind games and use power and control over their victims. They want you as the victim to feel helpless.


Examples include:


  • Your abuser may use intimidation and make verbal threats against you and/or your child(ren).

  • They may throw items nearby or at you and/or your child(ren) to cause fear or harm.

  • They may physically, psychologically, sexually, economically and/or emotionally cause harm.

  • They may use isolation to keep you from others and to control your movements and actions.

  • They may minimize, deny and/or blame you even if you didn’t do anything.

  • They may use male privilege and treat you like a servant or slave and they are the “master of the house”.


Note: Need a discreet way to call your lawyer? Worried about leaving? Think your abuser might be spying on you? Use the advice from these tips for victims of domestic abuse.

How Can a Domestic Violence Attorney Help?


If you’re the victim of domestic violence, there may be civil and criminal options available to you. These may vary depending on the circumstances of your particular case. It’s advisable to speak with a domestic violence attorney first about your situation and the type of crime that was committed.


Your legal options might include:

Criminal Options (Arrests)


If you call law enforcement (911), the person that’s threatening or abusing you may face criminal charges. Or, you can file a criminal complaint against the person and/or request a restraining order. 


Civil Options (Restraining Orders)

Other options you can pursue include requesting a court order. There are different types of court orders that you can request. These can be set up with the circuit court clerk.


These include:


A domestic violence attorney can advise which type of order you might need. Sometimes more than one is recommended. For example, an order of protection is immediate. If the person then hurts you again, they can go to jail for violating the order. But, in some cases, like if your life is in jeopardy, the order might be set up and your abuser might have to go straight to jail.

Finding Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence


One area that you should consider exploring is finding a shelter for you and your child(ren) if you don’t have family you can stay with. Shelters are recommended as your spouse might call your relatives and know where to find you. They may make additional threats or promises to get you back home and the violence can worsen. Hence, a shelter can provide support and staff are trained to help victims of domestic violence.


Assistance may include:


  • Staff may help you to court and explain legal options to you.

  • They may offer counseling and supportive services you need for you and your family.

  • They may provide you with case management care and offer community resources you may need.


To learn more about these programs and to find a shelter near you, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline. You can call them 24-hours a day and 7-days a week at (800) 799-7233.

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Get Free Advice from a Confidential Consultation


No one should live in fear. If you are suffering from domestic violence of any kind, call our office for a confidential and free consultation. Don’t call from your cellphone where your call history can be traced or your call overheard. Call from work, school, a neighbor’s or payphone if it’s safe. Our offices are open from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.


Here at the Law Office of Matthew Kelly Associates, we’re here to help. We can advise you what you should do next. Your call is confidential and the advice is FREE. Let’s explore the best outcome to protect you and your family. Contact us today at (570) 405-8710 today!

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