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Domestic Violence Lawyer Fighting for Your Rights & Safety


According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women and one in four men will experience physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner at some point in their lives. Too often, we underestimate the prevalence of domestic violence since survivors rarely discuss their abuse. At the same time, a shocking number of individuals are wrongly accused of domestic violence, often during the divorce process. If you have survived abuse at the hands of a partner or are facing allegations, domestic violence lawyer Ryan Dougay in Austin, TX, can fight for your rights and help secure your safety. Learn how his experience can provide you with greater protections and assurance. Schedule a consultation with The Law Office of Ryan S. Dougay by emailing us or calling (512) 469-0811.

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Unfortunately, allegations of domestic violence often complicate the divorce process.

A Closer Look at Domestic Violence

In 2013, there were 76,704 reported victims of abuse by current or former spouses in the state of Texas. This number excludes unmarried couples, and of course abuse that went unreported. This statistic sheds light on the role violence can play in marriages, and also highlights some of the misconceptions about domestic violence.

Defining Types of Violence

Domestic violence can involve fathers, mothers, children, same-sex couples, and cohabitating or dating couples. Per Texas state law, an act of violence is considered domestic violence if it is committed against a family member, a household member, or someone the perpetrator is dating or has dated previously. In other words, domestic violence victims may include:

  • A current or former spouse
  • A current or former romantic partner
  • A family member of the perpetrator, related by blood, marriage, or adoption
  • Biological children, foster children, adopted children, or the children of a current or former partner
  • Someone who lives with the offender

The state of Texas categorizes domestic violence into one of three crime types depending on the nature, severity, and frequency of abuse: domestic assault, aggravated domestic assault, or continuous violence against the family.

The Benefits of Legal Assistance

It can be incredibly difficult for a victim to leave an abusive relationship, often because the victim fears the abuser will retaliate or because they believe the abuser can change. When a domestic violence survivor takes that important first step towards ending the abuse by leaving, there are still many challenges to face. The survivor will likely need to make changes to their lifestyle, such as finding new living arrangements and sources of income.

Attorney Dougay combines adept legal counsel with a delicate, understanding approach to this sensitive topic.

When a victim chooses to work with Mr. Dougay, he will immediately file an emergency protective order. He will use several methods to prove the perpetrator’s guilt, often surveying medical records, reviewing video surveillance, acquiring police reports, and taking witness testimony. Collecting the necessary evidence can be painstaking and time-consuming, and requires the skill of an experienced family law attorney.

Defense Against Allegations

Divorce can become a complicated, emotionally charged process. Sadly, a partner often makes claims of suffering domestic violence in the hopes of gaining leverage during divorce proceedings. Attorney Dougay can defend clients who have been wrongly accused, clearing their name and protecting their rights to assets, joint or sole custody, and more. 

Receive the Legal Help You Need

Reach out to The Law Office of Ryan S. Dougay today if you have suffered domestic violence abuse or are facing unfounded allegations. You can contact the firm online or call (512) 469-0811. Attorney Dournay will strive to provide the quickest resolution in order to restore your physical and mental well-being.

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"Ryan helped me through my divorce and complicated property division. He was great at explaining the process to me and explaining anything that I did not understand. He and his staff were always very helpful and understanding and I couldn’t have chosen a more qualified, competent lawyer to handle my case."

Amanda - Satisfied Client

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