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CA domestic violence attorneyThese are troubling times for immigrants living in the United States. While extreme hostility towards immigrants has become the norm in political speech and policy in recent years, non-U.S. citizens still have many rights. And one of these rights includes being able to not only leave an abusive relationship, but to pursue financial damages in civil court as well. As a non-U.S. citizen, if you are a victim of domestic violence, do not hesitate to contact a San Jose domestic violence attorney as soon as possible.

Increased ICE Presence in Family Court Leads to Fear of Speaking Out Against Domestic Violence

Since President Trump took office at the beginning of 2017, the increased presence of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at civil and criminal court has caused immigrants to stop appearing in court as well as reporting a crime, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). One of the most affected areas of law has been family court, which is drastically decreasing the chances for domestic violence victims of finding relief and compensation for their tremendous damages. A survey of law enforcement officers, judges, and prosecutors found a striking difference between 2016 and 2017, as described below.

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California family law attorney, California divorce lawyerTwenty people are physically abused by their intimate partner every 60 seconds in the U.S. While domestic violence has decreased in the past decade, it is still one of the most common violent crimes that takes place and is easily one of the least reported. While half of all domestic violence cases are reported to the police, only one in five women who are physically injured by domestic violence seek medical treatment for their injuries, according to the D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In the vast majority of cases (85 percent), women are the victims of domestic violence. Men are victims 10 percent of the time, and in those cases, are most likely victims of another man’s brutality.

Recovery Process

There are many well-established support groups and programs in San Jose and the Bay Area that help victims recover and make themselves whole after living with domestic violence. There are shelters for battered women and children to escape the abuse immediately, and talk lines to offer support today. While the first steps are to report the abuse to the police, contact a lawyer, and get away from the abuse, the end-goal process of healing takes more time and self-care. For that, there are a variety of options to chose from, including therapy, group therapy, and counseling from a licensed psychologist.

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California domestic violence attorney, California family law attorneyDomestic violence is a rampant and growing problem in California. The vast majority of domestic violence cases, as well as cases of child abuse, are never reported to any authority. In Santa Clara county alone, from 2010 to 2011, domestic violence homicides rose from five to 16. From 2005 to 2006, 11 percent of adult women reported being assaulted by their partner. More people are seeking shelter in domestic violence shelters than in the past.

How Common Are False Domestic Violence Allegations?

Ultimately, false allegations of domestic violence are fairly rare. There is an incorrect belief that there is a large number of entirely false domestic violence allegations, created to take revenge, obtain child custody, or for other self-serving purposes. The truth, however, is that there are very few allegations of domestic violence that are untrue.

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