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Court grants client a five year permanent restraining order, as well as full legal and physical custody of her daughter, and orders the boyfriend to enroll in a 52-week batterers' program

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Jones Day Los Angeles, represented a 23 year old woman, who had been a victim of domestic violence for more than a year, although she had never reported it. In June, tired of the abuse, the client tried to leave the family home with her daughter. Her boyfriend refused to let her leave, and attacked her. In self-defense, the client scratched her attacker, and bit his arm as he held her down to punch her.

When the police arrived, they arrested the client for domestic violence, because she had no visible injuries while her boyfriend had a scratch and a bite mark. Seeing an opportunity to turn the situation to his advantage, the boyfriend obtained a temporary restraining order and an order awarding him custody of their twenty-month old child while the client was in jail.

The client filed for a temporary restraining order and custody of her daughter while her criminal case was pending. Her request for a restraining order was initially granted, but three days later, at the boyfriend's request, the restraining order against him was vacated. The client was tried criminally for domestic abuse, and was acquitted.

Jones Day came in to represent the client in her request for a restraining order following her acquittal. The challenges were that not only had she never reported any abuse, she herself had been arrested for domestic violence, and had lost custody of her daughter as a result.

After a four day trial, the court denied the boyfriend's request for a restraining order, granted our client a five year permanent restraining order, granted our client full legal and physical custody of her daughter, and ordered the boyfriend to enroll in a 52-week batterers' program.

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