Domestic Violence

Westlake Village Domestic Violence Attorney

Experienced Family Law Representation

Domestic violence in California is defined as physical abuse or threats of abuse when the person being abused and the suspect are or have been involved in an intimate relationship (by marriage, domestic partnership, dating, used to date, current or recent cohabitants, or have a child together). Domestic violence can occur even when the relationship is between relatives or those related by marriage.

Domestic violence is considered as the following:

  • Hurting someone physically
  • Attempting to hurt someone
  • Making someone reasonably fearful that they will be seriously injured
  • Constant harassing
  • Stalking
  • Threatening
  • Destroying property

If you need protection against an abuser, it’s important to take legal action to ensure the safety of you and your family. With over 35 years of legal experience as a Westlake Village family law attorney, I am prepared to protect your rights and you from any harm.

Penalties for Domestic Violence

According to the California Women’s Health Survey (CWHS), about 40% of women in California experience physical intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. Based on a report by the California Department of Justice, there were 113 domestic violence fatalities in 2008, which accounted for %% of all homicides in the state. In reflection of these staggering statistics, the penalties in sentencing upon conviction for domestic violence are significantly severe.

The potential charges include:

  • Misdemeanor
    • Up to six months in jail
    • Fines
    • 40 hours community service
    • 52-week domestic violence counseling
    • No contact order with the abused party
  • Felony
    • Three months to three years in prison
    • Fines
    • 40 hours community service
    • 52-week domestic violence counseling
    • No contact order with the abused party

Protect Your Children

Sometimes filing a restraining order is not enough when children are involved. The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Graff can help you seek sole custody of your children, severely limit your abuser’s rights to visitation, or pursue a restraining order. I provide critical legal support to clients in Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Camarillo, Ventura, and Calabasas.

For a free consultation, contact my firm today at (805) 633-4999.

Hear it From Our
Happy Clients

  • He worked efficiently to get the best and honest result for my family in child support matters.

    “I chose Mr. Graff to represent me in my divorce since he was also knowledgeable with bankruptcy law. He promptly returned phone calls, was quite helpful and consistent in advising me. He knew and understood my case and was very professional in representing me. Furthermore, I knew he was well respected in the courtroom and by other attorneys. He worked efficiently to get the best and honest result for my family in child support matters. I would absolutely hire him again and definitely recommend him to anyone in need of family law representation.”

    Kathy

  • In a very difficult time in my life, Mr. Graff provided excellent service to me.

    “In a very difficult time in my life, Mr. Graff provided excellent service to me. Patient with my process, he was always prompt to return my calls, and gave me realistic advice. While other lawyers might be evasive in an effort to prolong the process (hence their fees), Mr. Graff was straightforward and eager to conclude the proceedings quickly in an effort to minimize my pain.”

    Melissa

  • His team helped restore hope into our family in a time of uncertainty. That alone make Jeff a fantastic attorney aside from his knowledgeable legal skills.

    “Jeff and his team are by far the best to work with. His staff is kind, courteous, and he is excellent at getting the job done in a timely fashion. He is very straight forward and makes it easy to understand what is going on step by step in your case. His experience and insight into the family law field is excellent. Jeff and his office have helped my family tremendously and I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for family law help. If you wants to be sure it is done correct the first time and that your family's best interest are always cared for, he is the guy. His team helped restore hope into our family in a time of uncertainty. That alone make Jeff a fantastic attorney aside from his knowledgeable legal skills.”

    Catherine

  • I felt that he always had my best interest in mind!

    “I selected Jeff to represent me because he specialized divorce cases and had worked with the Ventura County judges for many years. He was very patient with me as dealt with the emotions of getting a divorce after a 19-year marriage, and helped me through the terrible stress of facing my ex-spouse and being in the courtroom. He gave me very good advice on how to manage the property settlement, especially on when I should capitulate and when I should hold my ground. I felt that he always had my best interest in mind (rather than just collecting his fee) and worked diligently to bring the case to a fair conclusion.”

    Mrs. M

  • He understands family dynamics because he has experience working with many different types!

    “Jeff is very kind and always takes time to listen to my issues and questions. He is very professional. Jeff is always prepared for court and his experience is obvious when you see that all the judges know him and regard him with great esteem. Jeff understands family dynamics because he has experience working with many different types of issues which characterized my case. If you would like to be able to trust that your lawyer is going to resolve your issue to the best possible outcome while being professional and courteous, Jeff Graff is the attorney for you.”

    Paul