Knoxville Domestic Violence Lawyers Compassionately Help Clients
The definition of a domestic abuse victim
Domestic abuse means "inflicting or attempting to inflict physical injury on an adult or minor by other than accidental means, placing an adult or minor in fear of physical harm, physical restraint, or malicious damage to the personal property of the abused party." A victim is any person who falls within one of the following categories:
- Adults or minors who are current or former spouses
- Adults or minors who live together or who have lived together
- Adults or minors who are dating or who have dated or who have or had a sexual relationship
- Adults or minors related by blood or adoption
- Adults or minors who are related or were formerly related by marriage
- Adult or minor children of a person in a relationship that is described above
Order of Protection
A divorce lawyer in Knoxville can help a domestic abuse victim receive an Order of Protection from the local courts, which prohibits the abuser from coming around the victim and abusing the victim. It can be used to remove the abuser from a joint residence and can also include protection for children of the victim.
A victim may seek assistance from a local court clerk for filing the proper paperwork to request an Order of Protection. The order may become effective even before the abuser knows it has been requested. The defendant will be "served" (given the papers and ordered to appear in court) and a hearing will be set.
At the hearing both the victim and the defendant will have an opportunity to explain the story to the court from that party’s point of view. The court will decide whether the order should continue or be dismissed. If the Order of Protection is continued, it may be in place for up to one year. It is possible to ask for the Order of Protection to be extended longer.
Helpful resources for Tennessee domestic abuse victims
The Family Justice Center in Knoxville is a very helpful place for a victim to receive assistance. The Family Justice Center consists of sixty-three agencies and offices that work together to reduce or eliminate family violence. At the center there are domestic violence advocates from the YWCA, law enforcement representatives from the Knox County Sheriff's Department and the Knoxville Police Department, representatives from the District Attorney's office, and representatives from the Legal Aid Society. A victim can receive assistance with everything from housing and employment to creating a safety plan. The Family Justice Center provides services for children and helps victims obtain Orders of Protection and criminal warrants.
Call our Tennessee family violence lawyers to find out how we can help you
The knowledgeable lawyers at Sobieski, Messer & Associates, PLLC can handle your domestic violence case in Knoxville, TN and the surrounding areas. Our office is located in Historic Downtown Knoxville, near Market Square and within walking distance of the state and federal courthouses. We have fixed hourly rates. Contact us online or call 865.223.5586 for more information.