Domestic Abuse

For Attorneys

Given the prevalence of domestic violence in our communities it is likely that some of your clients are in, or have been in, abusive relationships that impact the legal advice you will provide. For example, your client may be seeking advice in a personal injury case and the prospective defendant is the perpetrator of domestic violence. Similarly, in a sexual harassment case, the harasser may have also been in a violent relationship with her and his behavior may also be a violation of an existing protection order. However, your client may not disclose this information to you because she may not think it is related to the advice sought or she is embarrassed or ashamed.

The list of materials below were written by the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence, with local resource information added, to support you in providing effective representation for your clients who are, or have, experienced domestic abuse.

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