Domestic violence is defined as the use of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse or violence, or threat of such violence, against one individual by another in a family or romantic relationship, and includes molesting, attacking, striking, stalking, threatening, sexually assaulting, battering, harassing, telephoning (including annoying calls), destroying personal property, and other unlawful behaviors. At times, even without any physical contact, domestic violence may exist as it placed the person in reasonable fear of imminent serious bodily injury to that person. In an emergency, call the police. Once safe, we will file for a restraining order to protect you and your family from further harm. If you are unsure if a restraining order is right for your situation, feel free to call and we can discuss your options. Ms. Payne is a Pro bono Attorney for the L.A. County Bar Association's Domestic Violence Project, which provides assistance with preparing the proper paperwork for the order to low income individuals. For more information on the Project click here.