Defending Your Rights in the Seattle Area
At Stein, Lotzkar & Starr, P.S., we can help you understand the complex legalities of domestic violence. Bellevue criminal attorney Cara Starr has more than 20 years of experience litigating cases in this complicated legal area, and possesses the knowledge vital to assisting you.
Are you involved in a domestic violence matter in Bellevue? Call our domestic violence lawyer at (425) 559-9449 for a free consultation.
What Is Domestic Violence?
When most people think of domestic violence, they picture physical assault between a man and a woman in a romantic relationship. While technically correct, this is only one situation of many that can be classified as domestic violence. Domestic violence does not necessarily mean physical assault, and the affected parties are not always a couple. In addition to romantic partners, victims and abusers may also be roommates, family members, or caretakers. These matters can involve individuals of any race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, education level, or socioeconomic background.
Domestic violence, as defined by the U.S. Department of Justice, happens when a person exhibits a pattern of behavior meant to gain power or maintain control over another in a close or intimate relationship. This means that domestic violence can include physical abuse such as:
- Denying someone medical care
- Sexual abuse
- Marital rape
- Any type of sexual contact without consent
- Emotional abuse
- Undermining a person's self-worth
- Economic abuse
- Controlling finances in an effort to make an individual financially dependent
- Psychological abuse
- Fear by intimidation
- Forced isolation
Knowledgeable Representation Is Important
Allegations of domestic violence are rarely a simple matter. They often accompany other serious charges, including but not limited to:
- Malicious mischief/vandalism
- Violation of a No Contact Order
Bellevue domestic violence attorney Cara Starr has years of specific experience to help navigate legal matters related to this sensitive and emotionally charged topic with compassion and tact.