We represent victims of domestic violence in obtaining Civil Protective Orders, and we represent clients who have been falsely accused of domestic violence in defending against the issuance of Protective Orders. Domestic violence in Virginia is an act of family abuse between spouses, family, and/or household members, which can include a threat of harm which leaves the victim in fear for his or her immediate safety or well-being. Domestic violence can also be in the form of verbal, emotional, or even financial abuse, but it is difficult to obtain a Protective Order in our court system without an actual threat or act of violence. Victims of domestic violence come from all walks of life, and they are often mired in a cycle of violence, power, and control which damages their self-worth, and leaves them feeling powerless and vulnerable. Domestic violence can be especially traumatic for children who witness abuse between their parents. We strive to empower our clients by assisting them through the legal process of obtaining a Protective Order, while providing them with personal counseling about issues such as safety planning to help take back control of their lives. If you or someone you care about is a victim of domestic violence, you should call the police and report the incident to your local magistrate. You can also call the National Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for more information and a list of further resources.