The United Nation’s definition of violence against women is as follows: “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.”

Coercive control, which entails toxic and controlling behaviors toward a spouse, often poses as a precursor to domestic abuse incidents. Some are advocating for coercive control to be added to domestic violence statutes. 

If you want to obtain a domestic abuse restraining order, contact Kowalski Family Law. We compassionately work with abuse/harassment victims and place a priority on ensuring their safety. We often receive referrals from the Domestic Abuse Intervention Service to assist their clients on abuse and harassment matters.  

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