Jessica Dayton

The Intersection of Family Law and Torts: Civil Remedies for Victims of Domestic Violence

Family law attorneys are often unaware of the civil remedies available to their domestic violence clients beyond the restraining order. The unwary family law attorney may waive their client’s potential claims in a Marital Settlement Agreement before even advising the victim on their options. Victims of domestic violence could have remedies in civil court such as: sexual battery, gender violence, image exploitation, STD transmission, emotional distress, and domestic violence. Learn how to flag potential civil remedies to advise or refer out appropriately; or negotiate the civil remedies in the family law case.