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Does The Recession Affect Domestic Violence?

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

If there is a link between financial stress and domestic violence, than the recession must be affecting domestic violence.  No question about it the recession has caused increased stress, but is it really making people more violent?  In a recent blog post, 4-14-10, I addressed the year over year spike in local domestic violence arrests.  In an earlier blog post, 2-15-10, I suggested a review of how we are utilizing our public resources on domestic violence prevention efforts.  Now I am urging a re-consideration of current policies that slash funding for domestic violence services from state and local government budgets.

Experts have noted for years that oftentimes victims of domestic violence are financially dependant on their abusers, and therefore, locked into the relationship.  The recession has made life much more difficult for this category of victim.  This is so because public funds for domestic violence services and support programs have been drastically cut by strained local governments.  In California the annual budget stalemate in Sacramento does not bode well for state funding of domestic violence services in the coming year.  Last year Governor Schwarzenegger slashed $16.3 million dollars of funds budgeted for domestic violence services, and if this history is to be the guide, the near term future does not look good, for either the budget, and for domestic violence victims.

Domestic violence is a serious social problem with awful consequences for everyone.  Attorney Bernard P. Bray has many years of experience successfully dealing with domestic violence issues, and assisting clients and their families in minimizing the impact of an arrest for a domestic violence related offense.    Should you have questions regarding domestic violence, or should you or a loved one need effective representation because of a domestic violence related arrest please call San Jose Criminal Defense Lawyer Bernard P. Bray at (408) 292-9700.

It Must Be the Economy!

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

As I recently commented, statistics for domestic violence in Santa Clara County for 2009 were staggering.  I was initially taken back by the increase in domestic violence related deaths, and opined that perhaps one reason for the jump was the downturn in the economy. 

Statistics also show that the general jump cuts across all socio-economic lines.  Even in high end Los Gatos – Monte Sereno there was a year over year, 2008 to 2009, increase in domestic violence related case arrests of 32 percent. 

Unquestionably, the economic stress associated with the recession has pushed some families to the economic brink, and the consequences can be sometimes awful.  But any arrest, let alone one for domestic violence, can ruin a life, and even an entire family.  

Domestic violence is a serious social problem with awful consequences for everyone.  Attorney Bernard P. Bray has many years of experience successfully dealing with domestic violence issues, and assisting clients and their families in minimizing the impact of an arrest for a domestic violence related offense.    Should you have questions regarding domestic violence, or should you or a loved one need effective representation because of a domestic violence related arrest please call San Jose Criminal Defense Lawyer Bernard P. Bray at (408) 292-9700.

Can It Be the Economy?

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Statistics for domestic violence related deaths in Santa Clara County for 2009 are in, and they are staggering.  Notwithstanding heightened community attention, and a vast public expenditure of resources in domestic violence prevention efforts for many years now, there were eleven domestic violence related deaths in Santa Clara County in 2009, more than a threefold increase over 2008.

Some have opined that it’s the economy.  Unquestionably, the economic stress associated with the recession has pushed some families to the economic brink, but is that the reason for the increase in deaths?  Perhaps it is the economy, or just a coincidence, or it might be time to take a hard look at how we as a community are utilizing our public resources in domestic violence prevention efforts.

Domestic violence is a serious social problem with awful consequences for everyone.  Should you have questions regarding domestic violence please call San Jose Criminal Defense Lawyer Bernard P. Bray at (408) 292-9700.  San Jose Domestic Violence Lawyer Bernard P. Bray has many years of experience dealing with domestic violence issues, and assisting clients and their families in minimizing the impact of an arrest for a domestic violence related offense of a family member.

Accused of Domestic Violence?

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Domestic Violence arrests are on the increase.  As any experienced police officer knows, the holidays bring a rise in family violence calls.  And, California law encourages an arrest of all suspected Domestic Violence offenders, and requires an arrest if probable cause exists to support an arrest.

Domestic Violence has the highest repeat rate of any crime.  Many victims, although willing to make a report of Domestic Violence, legitimately or otherwise, in a rage of anger, refuse to give evidence against a partner in a criminal prosecution.

Conviction for a Domestic Violence or a Domestic Violence related offense can have very serious consequences for even the first time offender including jail time, long term formal probation, long term anger management counseling, a presumption against custody in Family Court child custody proceedings, a criminal record, and other consequences. In order to minimize the consequences of a Domestic Violence arrest contact Bernard P. Bray (408) 292-9700.

Once filed, Domestic Violence cases are aggressively prosecuted in California and you should only be represented by an experienced attorney prepared to fight your case.  I have 26 years of experience handling Domestic Violence cases.  They are difficult cases oftentimes presenting many complex issues.  However, there is a lot that an attorney can do for a client and their family brought into court facing a Domestic Violence case.

Domestic Violence and Domestic Violence related charges can result from even the simple use of any type of force on the person of a spouse, significant other, child, or one with whom an accused has been involved in a dating relationship.  If you or a loved one have been arrested for Domestic Violence, protect yourself to the fullest extent possible, contact San Jose Criminal Defense Attorney Bernard P. Bray and learn your options before you go to court.  It can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.

Will one Accused of Domestic Violence on Their Spouse Loose Custody of Their Children?

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Once a court finds that a person seeking custody of a child has within the past five years perpetrated domestic violence against the other party seeking custody of the child there is a presumption that an award of custody to such person is detrimental to the best interests of the child.

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