Domestic Violence

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Some marriages or dating relationships unfortunately involve physical and/or emotional abuse. Kerstein, Coren & Lichtenstein is experienced with helping clients prosecute or defend against domestic violence claims, also referred to in Massachusetts as “209A complaints.”

Restraining Orders

If you are a victim of abuse from your spouse or significant other, we will seek to obtain a restraining order against the person who is abusing you. If children are exposed to such abuse, a restraining order may include an order prohibiting the offending party from contact with the children.

Representing Victims of Abuse

The Massachusetts abuse law prohibits abuse if it consists of: (a) attempting to cause or causing physical harm, (b) placing another in fear of imminent serious physical harm; or (c) causing another to engage involuntarily in sexual relations by force, threat, or duress.  Abuse complaints may be brought by a spouse or by anyone who has been in a dating or engagement relationship.

Defending Against False Accusations

Unfortunately, some persons may falsely accuse a spouse or significant other of committing abuse, sometimes to gain leverage in a divorce proceeding.  We have extensive experience and have successfully defended clients against such false accusations.  If a restraining order has been brought against you, it is important that you seek representation for the hearing.

If you or your children are or have been victims of abuse, or if you feel you are being falsely accused of abuse, our experienced attorneys will work hard to protect your rights.