Here To Help You When Domestic Violence Happens

In Anchorage and across south central Alaska, attorney Allen M. Bailey of the Law Offices of Allen M. Bailey works to assure the safety, welfare and legal rights of women, men and children who have been victims of domestic violence and spousal abuse.

Domestic violence is a very real problem in Alaska. In fact, the incidence of domestic violence in Alaska is among the highest in the nation. Rape occurs at two and one-half times the national average; child sexual assault is almost six times the national average; and Alaska has the highest rate per capita of men murdering women.

About 6,000 cases of domestic violence were reported in 2005. The 2010 Alaska Victimization Survey estimates that 47.6 percent of Alaskan women are victims of threats or physical violence by their intimate partner during their lifetime; in Bush areas of the state, the rates of violence and sexual assault are much higher.

Championing The Rights Of Domestic Violence Victims

If you need emergency assistance, call 911 for the police, or contact the Abused Women's Aid in Crisis (AWAIC) shelter at their 24-hour hotline at 907-272-0100. As soon as you are safe, the next step is to apply to the court for a domestic violence protective order.

A protective order is a powerful tool that can accomplish many things. It can order the abuser to stay away from you and not have any contact with you. This can include requiring the abuser to move out of the house, if you are currently living with the person.

An initial protective order is only temporary in nature. In order to have a long-term order put into place, you will need to go to court for a hearing and convince the judge that a long-term order, such as a restraining order, is necessary. The abuser will also have an opportunity to appear at the hearing as well and to present testimony or evidence as to why a long-term order should not be granted.

If you have a child or children with the abuser, you may be able to obtain a temporary child custody order, as well as child support. The judge can make temporary child custody orders or long-term orders for up to a year as part of the domestic violence protective order process, even if you are not currently seeking a divorce from the perpetrator.

Contact Us For Experienced Legal Representation

Every domestic violence case is unique. Allen M. Bailey has the experience and expertise to understand the issues involved and knows how to deal with them properly.

If you have been the victim of domestic violence or believe you are at risk of abuse, contact us for immediate assistance. Call us today at 907-272-1488 or reach us by email.