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Philadelphia Attorney for Injured Victims of Domestic Violence

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    Domestic abuse is a serious problem in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania. It destroys families, ruins lives, and often affects more than just the intended victim. The physical and emotional trauma can last a lifetime. It is vital that every victim of domestic abuse in Philadelphia completely understands their rights and legal options. Victims of abuse have the ability to address abuse through the various court systems, criminal, family, and civil.

    If you or a loved one was injured in a domestic abuse situation, contact our Philadelphia attorney for injured victims of domestic abuse. The Reiff Law Firm represents individuals who have suffered either physically or emotionally in an abusive relationship. Our lawyers and staff realize the impact domestic abuse has on a person, their family, and friends. To schedule a free, confidential appointment, call the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 709-6940.

    Domestic Abuse and Violence in Philadelphia

    Domestic abuse or violence is a broad term used to describe myriad behaviors generally. Conduct that is physically harmful or emotionally damaging between family members or people in the same household could arise to domestic abuse. It is essential to understand that domestic abuse is not limited to conduct between married individuals – it affects several intimate and familial relationships. In Philadelphia, domestic abuse can occur within the following types of relationships.

    • A current or former spouse
    • A person you currently live with or formerly lived with
    • Sister or brother
    • Parent or child
    • A blood relation
    • A current or former sexual or dating partner
    • A couple who had a child together

    Common Conduct that Constitutes Domestic Abuse in Philadelphia

    While domestic abuse includes physical harm, it encompasses a substantial amount of other abusive behavior. It is not uncommon for a victim of domestic abuse to suffer greater emotional and mental anguish than physical injuries. Many victims are unaware that the behavior they are experiencing constitutes abuse. Some of the most common types of abusive conduct that occur in Philadelphia include:

    • Bodily injury caused by hitting, kicking, slapping, or choking
    • Sexual assault or rape, including any unwanted sexual touching
    • Threatening to hurt the victim, their family, or property
    • The destruction or damaging of the victim’s personal property
    • Psychological or emotional abuse
    • Stalking
    • Humiliating the victim
    • Not allowing access to resources, such as bank accounts, credit cards, or cash

    Philadelphia Criminal Charges for Domestic Abuse and Violence

    Philadelphia does not have a single criminal charge for domestic abuse or violence. Instead, many of the actions that constitute domestic abuse also carry a criminal charge. The following are some common examples of criminal charges that can be filed in a domestic abuse situation.

    • Assault
    • Sexual assault
    • Kidnapping
    • Trespass
    • False imprisonment
    • Stalking

    Legal Options and for Victims of Domestic Abuse in Philadelphia

    The seasoned attorneys at the Reiff Law Firm have represented victims of domestic abuse for decades. We can assist you in filing for a protection from abuse (PFA) order. This is usually the first step a victim of abuse takes, whether they are going to pursue criminal charges, divorce, or a civil lawsuit. Additionally, we will guide you through the criminal process if you want to press charges against your abuser.

    Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Philadelphia for Injuries from Domestic Abuse

    Another option available to victims of domestic abuse that many do not consider is filing a personal injury lawsuit against their abuser in civil court. It is crucial to point out that you can do both –you are entitled to file a personal injury claim and a criminal complaint. In fact, a criminal conviction could provide valuable evidence in your civil case.

    Types of Damages Available in Philadelphia for Victims of Domestic Abuse

    Domestic abuse victims could be awarded monetary compensation through a personal injury claim. The type of compensation depends on the injury – in Philadelphia, a victim of domestic abuse does not have to suffer physical harm to receive a payment from a lawsuit.

    Economic damages are the most common compensation awarded and are the easiest to calculate and understand. Simply, economic damages reimburse the victim for any expenses and costs related to the injury or harm they suffered. Typically, these damages include medical bills or other expenses related to healthcare. However, that is not the extent of recoverable damages. Our seasoned Philadelphia attorneys will thoroughly calculate all of your financial losses, including lost wages, travel expenses, childcare costs, damage to personal property, and any other expense that arises from having to treat or address the harm you suffered.

    When people think of personal injury lawsuits, the phrase “pain and suffering” comes to mind. Pain and suffering are considered non-economic damages. This type of compensation is more challenging to quantify because it is not related to an actual receipt or cost. As a victim of domestic abuse, you could be compensated for humiliation, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, and other, more ambiguous, injuries to your mind and wellbeing. Our knowledgeable Philadelphia personal injury lawyers will turn to the specific facts of your case, expert opinions, and previous case decisions to determine a just value for the harm you endured.

    Call Our Philadelphia Attorney for Injured Victims of Domestic Abuse for a Free Consultation

    The negative impact of domestic abuse on individuals and families in Philadelphia is incalculable. Lives are ruined, families are torn apart, and victims are left with long-lasting physical and emotional scars. The compassionate Philadelphia attorneys for injured victims of domestic abuse at the Reiff Law Firm are dedicated to assisting victims going through this terrible ordeal. If you or a loved one is a victim of domestic abuse, call the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 709-6940 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.

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