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Domestic Violence: An Alarming Trend

Domestic violence is an ugly topic with ugly outcomes and it must be addressed. The deaths and injuries caused by domestic violence must also end. This sad situation does not discriminate and can happen to anyone. Men, women, children, same sex partners, husbands and wives are all potential victims. Our office takes an aggressive stance on helping victims of abuse and offers compassion and caring to those needing help getting out of a bad situation.

Unfortunately, for one local woman, help came too late. A recent news article tells the story of a battered woman. The story goes like this:

  • A young college co-ed’s body was found about a week after she was last seen with her boyfriend.
  • Her boyfriend had a past that included criminal activity, although he has not been charged.
  • The victim’s family is speaking out, hoping to bring attention to the alarming trend of the rise in death from domestic violence in Minnesota.

For the year 2013 there is an average of one death per week as a result of domestic abuse. This figure is on the rise and it is everyone’s responsibility to see that as a society this terrible trend ends. It is not sufficient to say the victim was too weak to leave — the problem must be confronted at the source. Understanding why someone acts out in an abusive manner is the first step to stopping the abuse. Getting away from a violent situation is a precursor to that step, and family and friends must do their part to help someone under the control of another. Only after we have separation of the parties, a safe haven in place and an attempt to understand the complex emotions that add to this destructive mix will we begin to help prevent future incidents.

Call an experienced Minnesota family lawyer for help with issues of domestic violence. We work hard to keep you and your loved ones safe and offer legal options in this regard. Our team has more than 35 years ’ combined experience helping people, and we take our duties to protect seriously.

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  • "With Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A., it is like having a family physician. They are all knowledgeable, thorough, comforting, and the only call I need to make for all my legal needs for many years to come. No matter what the matter, I totally trust their advice and commitment to me and my family." - J.N.

  • "Mary from APH Law helped me thru a difficult divorce. She and the entire staff was there for me every step of the way helping me on what to do next. They listened to what I wanted and helped me achieve what matter the most to me in the divorce settlement." - Dana C.

  • "I chose APH after my initial consultation with Mary. I felt my best interest would be represented. The entire process went excellent, the attorneys and staff communicated effectively and efficiently with me throughout the process as they needed to. Being new to the legal process and verbiage, they walked me and talked me through the next steps and the jargon, I felt completely comfortable and represented. I hope I never have to use legal services again but if I do I will call Mary at APH Law and know that I will be taken care of." - Jeff M.

  • "Divorce is a time of emotion and stress. Mary Pfeifer , My lawyer was professional and compassionate. She was very informative through the process. Her insight helped me in my decisions. She worked hard to obtain a settlement which was fair to both parties. Though, I hope I won't need her help again. It is reassuring to know a good person that is willing to help." - Rod S.

  • "I first came to Ms. Jacquelyn Lutz of Appelhof, Pfeifer and Hart in October of 2016. It was definitely the worst time in my life and she compassionately spoke with me about my options. Ms. Lutz thoroughly explained the laws, statutes, process and what to expect going forward. What was supposed to be one case, turned into three intricate cases that took a huge toll on me and my family. Ms. Lutz represented me in court on all three cases with a vast knowledge of the laws and how to proceed accordingly. During all three cases she kept me informed, calm, gave me resources to utilize, and (most important) gave me a realistic view of what may come next. Ms. Lutz knew each case required a great deal of knowledge and creative thinking on how to legally proceed forward with each case. My family and friends are forever grateful for the amazing representation by Ms. Lutz. I highly recommend Ms. Lutz for anyone needing or considering superb representation for any kind of family law. " - M.H.

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