When you have to represent yourself because you cannot afford an attorney, the entire legal landscape is daunting and intimidating. I get it.
Even when you have an attorney, most if not all of them, have never been through the personal mental duress of the domestic violence restraining order process.
I haven’t just been through the domestic violence landscape personally, I sat in courtrooms for 18 months documenting domestic violence cases for a grant funded anthropology research program at University of California, Irvine. I am intimately familiar with domestic violence inside and outside the courtroom.
Based upon formal education, academic research, and personal experience, I…