Established in October 1981, Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) in October is a national campaign commemorating the victims of domestic violence while focusing on educating the public about domestic violence issues. The three main goals of DVAM are to:

  • Remember and mourn the passing of those who died as a result of domestic violence
  • Celebrate the lives of domestic violence survivors
  • Continue to connect advocates with victims to get them support and to try to end the cycle of violence.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence & Divorce: Tips for Divorcing Couples Dealing with Domestic Violence Issues

When domestic violence allegations arise in a divorce case, a number of questions and challenges can arise, and getting to the bottom of whether the allegations are true will be critical.

If you and/or your children have been the victims of domestic violence, some of the things you can do to protect yourself (and your children) as you move forward with divorce are as follows:

  • Take pictures of any visible injuries, if possible.
  • File for temporary protective orders – A protection order in Colorado can keep the alleged abuser away from you and your children. In fact, according to Colorado law, a protection order prohibits “the Restrained Person from contacting, harassing, injuring, intimidating, molesting, threatening, touching, stalking, sexually assaulting or abusing any Protected Person, or from entering or remaining on premises, or from coming within a specified distance of a Protected Person or premises, or from taking, transferring, concealing, harming, disposing of, or threatening harm to an animal owned, possessed, leased, kept, or held by a Protected Person, or any other provision to protect the Protected Person from imminent danger to life or health.”
  • Move out of the home as soon as possible.
  • File a request temporary child custody – If children are involved, temporary orders can grant you custody of the children while the issues of the divorce are resolved.
  • Contact a lawyer for additional help and assistance – A lawyer can review the facts of your case and advise you of further steps you can take to protect yourself and your children as you proceed with divorce.

It’s important to note that not all domestic violence allegations are valid and that, in some cases, false accusations can be made (usually in an effort of one party trying to gain the upper hand in a divorce or custody battle). For those who are wrongly accused of domestic violence in divorce, here are some helpful things they can do to protect their rights and fight the allegations:

  • Gather your own evidence, like emails or voicemails threatening to accuse you of domestic violence.
  • Consider getting statements from loved ones or friends who can attest to your character and help refute the charges.
  • Contact an attorney ASAP. A lawyer can help you figure out what additional evidence can help fight the allegations while representing you and helping you to protect your rights in family court (and maybe even criminal court if formal domestic violence charges are filed).

Contact a Denver Divorce Attorney at Katherine Grier, P.C.

If domestic violence allegations are an issue in your divorce, contact the Denver Divorce Attorney at Katherine Grier, P.C. for experienced help protecting your rights and resolving the divorce case. Since 1999, our Denver divorce attorney and her dedicated staff have been successfully guiding clients through the divorce process, helping them achieve the best possible outcomes.

Call us today at (303) 539-5435 or email us via the contact form on this page to find out more about how we can help you.

From Denver, our divorce attorney provides the highest quality representation to those in the Front Range area, as well as throughout the state of Colorado.