Our top priority in this time of uncertainty is protecting the health and safety of our employees, clients, friends and families. Our office will remain open, but we are primarily working remotely. Essential personnel are in the building, but in their own isolated suites. We believe it is prudent to limit in-person meetings and settlement conferences during this time. Currently, the best way to communicate with us is through emails and telephone calls. Be assured that our technology allows us to provide the same seamless service you would have if everyone were here in person. If an in-person meeting is required, we are strictly adhering to CDC Guidelines. We are posting regular updates on how COVID-19 affects family law issues on our blog and our Facebook page.

The McCarthy Law Firm, PLLC

Turning Stress Into Solutions™

Domestic Violence Awareness During COVID-19

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. What was initially a prediction has now been confirmed as a reality – domestic violence (sometimes referred to as intimate partner violence or “IPV”) is on the rise as part of the seemingly endless fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some links to what experts are seeing around the country:

A Pandemic Within a Pandemic: Intimate Partner Violence During Covid-19

Study Finds Rise in Domestic Violence During Covid

With all the social isolation, safe and discreet access to community resources is key. If you or a loved one are experiencing domestic violence but don’t know where to turn, here are some resources:

  1. Domestic Violence and Parenting
  2. Sheltering In Place and Domestic Violence
  3. Orders of Protection: Sometimes you may need to take legal steps to best protect yourself and others in your care in a domestic violence situation. Earlier this year, Arizona launched a new online platform to file for and obtain an Order of Protection remotely, safely, and free of charge. It’s called AZPOINT (Arizona Protective Order Initiation and Notification Tool). You can access the portal here.
  4. Pima County Text Message Option: Just last month, Pima County rolled out a new text message option for their 911 answering systems. If you are facing a threatening or violent situation with your intimate partner or other family member in the home and cannot safely make a voice call to 911, the texting feature allows you to discreetly make initial contact with a 911 dispatcher. Learn more here.

Message from The McCarthy Law Firm​

Please know that there are options for safely exiting a violent situation. If you need help with filing for an Order of Protection or obtaining parenting time orders to better protect your minor children from an abusive or controlling partner or any other family law matter, the McCarthy Law Firm has the expertise to handle it. Please call us at 520-623-0341 to explore your options. Turning Stress Into Solutions ™.

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