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Domestic Violence

If you are victim of Domestic abuse/violence:

Domestic abuse/violence is rampant throughout our society. It can and does  happen to anyone, regardless of size, gender, or strength, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied. This is especially true when the abuse is psychological, rather than physical. Emotional abuse is often minimized, yet it can leave deep and lasting scars, not only on the actual "victim" but all family members.

Domestic abuse, also known as spousal abuse, occurs when one person in an intimate relationship or marriage tries to dominate and control the other person. Domestic abuse that includes physical violence is called domestic violence.

Domestic violence and abuse does not discriminate. It happens among heterosexual couples and in same-sex partnerships. It occurs within all age ranges, ethnic backgrounds, and economic levels. And while women are more often victimized, men are also abused—most commonly verbally and emotionally, but physically as well. The bottom line is that abusive behavior is never acceptable, whether it’s coming from a man, a woman, a teenager, or an older adult.

An experienced and trusted attorney will help clients get the help they need to move on from an abusive relationship. The cycle can and must be broken. The Law Office of Karen L. Vervaecke is experienced with all aspects of domestic violence cases.  There is help available. If abuse or an accusation of abuse is an issue in your family, secure the legal protection you need NOW.

If you or your child is in danger from a relative or member of your household, take measures immediately to prevent continued abuse.  Karen will file for a protection order and help you find the resources you need to protect you and  your child.

A domestic violence protection order can be issued against a present or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend; against the parent of your child; or against a person living in your household or who lived with you in the past and against a relative by blood or by marriage.

According to Nebraska law, a protection order can:

  • Order the named abuser to desist from restraining, threatening, assaulting, molesting, attacking, telephoning, contacting or otherwise communicating with the petitioner
  • Require the named party to stay away from the petitioner's residence (regardless of ownership) and to stay away from a place of work or other place
  • Award the petitioner temporary custody of any minor children for up to 90 days, or until the matter can be heard by a Judge.

If you have been served with a protection order or face abuse allegations:

Unfortunately,  sometimes people allege domestic violence or abuse to "get the upper hand" in custody or divorce actions.  If you have been served with a protection order, or are otherwise facing accusations of domestic violence, it is important to immediately hire an experienced attorney and  file a request for hearing. In the meantime, follow the terms of the protection order!

It is vital to have experienced counsel representing you at every step of the way. A protection order can temporarily destroy the relationship with your children and effectively give sole custody to the child's other parent. You will not be able to go into your own home or even have unsupervised visitation with your children. A conviction on a domestic violence charge will result in a permanent criminal record and can affect your ability to hold a job or rent an apartment.

Domestic violence is a vicious cycle. Prevention starts with the abuser wanting to change his or her attitude toward violence. The abuser needs to know that it's human to feel anger but wrong to release those feelings by beating others. The cycle can be broken with a lot of commitment and work.

Anger management classes can help an abuser get the counseling needed to control his or her anger. The goal of anger management is to reduce the emotional feelings and physiological arousal that causes anger. Again, there is help available to break this cycle.