Domestic Violence

MTR Family Law, PLLC has been representing victims of domestic abuse in the courtroom for decades. We understand the sensitive nature of these cases and know how complex they can get, especially when children are involved. That’s why we treat every case with the sensitivity it deserves. We will be your voice in the courtroom and make sure your abuser will never hurt you or your children again.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. In fact, there were 78,100 domestic violence offenses reported to the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System in 2016.

Domestic abuse is all about one person trying to gain and maintain control over another partner. It is not necessarily just a physical act — it can be sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological. The behavior can range from manipulation, terrorizing, threatening, and even injuring someone all to gain power over another person.

Protection From Domestic Abusers

In Tennessee, domestic violence is considered a crime. If you are a victim, your first course of action is to obtain a protective order. Better known as a restraining order, this court order forces an individual to stay a certain distance away from the person filing the protection. It will remain in effect for up to one year but can be extended. If your abuser violates that order, it will be extended to up to five years for the first violation, and ten years for the second.

You can also obtain temporary rights to custody and to the family home, even if you have to leave both to seek help. In addition, a domestic violence charge will be used as a basis for deciding child custody. Parental rights of your abuser could also be terminated because of a domestic violence charge.

Proving Domestic Violence

Even with physical evidence, it can be difficult to prove domestic violence. But there are ways you can prove your claim:

  • Get Witnesses: Ask neighbors, family members, friends, anyone who has seen or heard your fighting and are willing to testify on your behalf in court.
  • Court Records: Did you file a restraining order? Were domestic violence charges brought against the abuser before? This can help in proving domestic violence in the relationship.
  • Police Reports: It may also be possible that a helpful neighbor called the police to report the arguing. Any time the police have shown up at your door means a report has been filed. The police can also be used as a witness and testify what the officer saw or heard.
  • Victim Testimony: You can testify on your own behalf to explain the years of abuse you had suffered through.

Contact Our Nashville Domestic Violence Lawyers Now

Our Nashville domestic violence attorneys will make sure you get a protective order, obtain sole custody of your children, and make sure divorce proceedings are underway.

If you are a domestic violence victim in Nashville, now is the time to act. Our domestic violence attorneys are here to help.

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