Domestic Violence Attorney in Virginia

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Unfortunately, domestic violence is a widespread issue in Virginia and the rest of the world. When you’re facing this kind of situation, taking action to protect yourself and your family is a brave move — but it can also be daunting when you don’t know if the law will side in your favor. In cases like those, perhaps mediation should be considered.

At Donita King Law, we’ve helped others like you to gain their independence and security through our bilingual (English and Spanish) mediation services. Often, getting the parties separated quickly, with mutually agreed upon terms is a viable and less stressful option.

Domestic Violence Legal Procedures in Virginia

In Virginia, the definition of domestic violence includes the following actions toward a partner, children, or other family members:

  • Physical abuse
  • Assault
  • Emotional abuse
  • Mental abuse
  • Sexual aggression or assault

Most cases reported are physical abuse since this is the easiest type to spot, but the law doesn’t make any distinction between how it treats cases of all the above.

The Code of Virginia § 18.2-57.2 states that anyone who carries out these offenses has committed a Class 1 misdemeanor. They’re treated the same as other assault and battery cases if they’re committed or twice, but repeat offenses result in harsher consequences — a third conviction within 20 years is generally a Class 6 felony.

Alternative dispute resolution services for domestic violence

Usually, in the case of domestic violence, a victim must report the crime and press charges. Section 19.2-81.3 of Virginia law allows police officers to make arrests without a warrant in some cases.

After pressing charges, victims of domestic abuse generally work with a lawyer, who passes the case through court so legal action can be taken or penalties given out where necessary.

Yet this process can be stressful, expensive, and time-consuming — making it harder for you and your family to move on with your lives.

At Donita King Law, we use dispute resolution services to help clients in situations of domestic violence. This means that you won’t have to go to court, saving you time and money — but without you having to compromise on getting positive results. For many,  mediation is a practical and effective solution.

And since a professional impartial mediator will always be in the room, you won’t need to face your previous abuser on your own. Instead, the third party can speak on your behalf and maintain a calm environment.

Your partner in legal help with domestic violence

At Donita King Law, we take an empathetic approach. We know that those leaving abuse are often anxious and in a weakened mental or emotional state, but we’re here to work with you to improve your situation as quickly as possible.

Donita King is an experienced and highly-qualified provider of alternative dispute resolution services and has worked with numerous clients to help them achieve a positive outcome. She’s also bilingual, giving her unique capabilities in mediating cases that involve English- and Spanish-speaking parties.

To find out more about our approach, check out this interview with King’s paralegal. Or, contact us today to start your mediation journey.

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Donita King

Ms. King is a member of the Virginia, Pennsylvania, and D.C. State Bars. She also serves as a University of Richmond School of Law Adjunct Professor of Mediation. She previously served on the Virginia Bar Association Joint ADR Council (2015 Chair), and served for several years on the Governor of Virginia’s Interagency Dispute Resolution Council. Ms. King currently serves as a board member of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board by appointment of the Virginia Supreme Court and has been active with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Women in Business as well. Se habla espanol.

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