In its report for Fiscal Year 2020, the Ohio Domestic Violence Network states that 109 people died in the state as the result of domestic violence. That is an increase of 35% from the previous year. The situation is getting worse, not better.
Perhaps you are a victim of domestic violence and are ready to get out of your current situation, but doing so is not easy — emotionally, physically, or financially. People who find the courage to stand up to their abusers can use the law to help protect them while they transition to a life free of domestic violence. Having a family law and domestic violence attorney on your side is a solid first step.
At Heckert & Moreland Co., LPA, we help victims of domestic violence seek safety by aggressively using the law while treating our clients with compassion. If you live in Columbus or anywhere in Central Ohio, let our team help you move toward a better, safer life.
Domestic Violence in Ohio
Domestic violence takes many forms. The common link is someone’s need to exert control over others using physical violence, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, destruction of property, threatening harm, or even mistreating family pets.
Ohio law defines domestic violence as harming or threatening to harm any family or household member. That can include anyone you live with or have lived with. Victims include spouses, romantic partners, former spouses, children, parents, foster parents, and extended family members. The perpetrator of domestic violence is someone who has:
- Attempted to cause or recklessly caused you bodily injury
- Causes fear of immediate, serious physical danger by threatening harm
- Stalked the accuser
- Trespassed with intent to cause harm
- Commits child abuse
- Commits a sexual offense