Unfortunately, I have a lot of experience in this area. Many women are victims of domestic violence and they are not even aware that they are in an abusive relationship. Abuse takes many forms: financial, verbal, emotion, and physical. While, I have represented men in this area, 99% of my clients have been women. My first step is to make sure that they are safe and that the children are safe. Then we work on building the women back up so that they know what is ok and what is not in relationships. Releasing women from the grip of the abuser and the mind set of accepting abuse can take years but it is well worth the effort to set a woman free.
This area of law is somewhat specialized as the Family Code has recently changed and expanded to include financial abuse, as well as physical and emotion. I have worked with many experts in this field, including the drafter of the modern code, so please call me if you are concerned that you may be in an abusive relationship. I have taken on, and won, very difficult cases and can help you.