In response to warnings that stress caused by the coronavirus crisis will spur an increase in domestic violence, the Tampa Legal Team is offering a special service to families, victims and others who may be affected during the crisis.
The Tampa Legal Team is offering to intervene during any potentially dangerous domestic violence incident with free advice and counseling in an effort to prevent injuries and avoid criminal charges that may include child and spouse abuse. Call 24-7 for free advice if it appears injury or violence is imminent during this crisis period. If further legal assistance is needed for those that call Tampa Legal Team is offering to reduce hourly rates and retainer agreements, as low as 50-per-cent off in most cases. This will apply to domestic violence injunctions and/or representation in criminal or civil matters such as battery charges or divorce.
The number to call 24 hours a day seven days a week is 813-247-1900. Additional information about domestic violence in general is available on the firm’s website at tampalegalteam.com.
Tampa Legal Team partner Jeffery Marshall said, “By intervention we mean getting involved in your situation, whatever is going on. This is based on having represented clients in domestic-violence injunctions, misdemeanor and felony domestic violence cases, child custody cases, and child dependency proceedings. Strategies may include leaving the home temporarily, willingness to mediate between participants, ways to disengage with aggressors, and whatever it takes to offer alternatives to violence.”
The Washington Post on Friday reported that domestic violence advocates in communities from Washington, D. C. to Washington State have begun to sound the alarm over the danger caused by stress brought on by the virus.
The Post quoted Katie Ray-Jones, chief executive of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. “We know that when there’s added stress in the home it can increase the frequency and severity of abuse. We’re trying to prepare survivors for that,” Ray-Jones said.
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