Although not widely discussed, a large percentage of Omaha area residents will be in an abusive relationship at some time. It is estimated that at least one third of the U.S. population has been the victim of some kind of abuse by an intimate partner. Many times, this is a silent crime that people can feel shamed by and the abuser is not often brought to justice. For those who are facing domestic violence there are many resources available to them in Nebraska. One important resource a victim may not consider, but should, is an attorney.
Victims of domestic violence can often feel trapped in their situation. Their abuser can be manipulative, and a person may also worry about the safety of their children. A victim can worry that their abuser will hurt them more if they leave or they may have a lack of resources. One resource that can be helpful, in addition to local and national organizations dedicated to victims of domestic violence, is an attorney. There are many ways an attorney can help the victim of domestic abuse including:
- Get a protection order. Victims of abuse can get a protective order against their abuser which can prohibit the abuser from making contact with the victim, possessing firearms, and may even force the abuser to move out of a shared home.
- File a lawsuit. A domestic violence lawsuit can allow a victim to recover damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, or any other financial losses a victim may have incurred because of the abuse.
- File for divorce. If the victim is married to their abuser, an attorney can help their client file for divorce and work to get custody of any children.
When a person is a victim of domestic violence, they may feel ashamed and scared. It is important for victims to understand that there are many resources available for them. An attorney can be an excellent advocate for both their safety and their future.