Jane came to Coast to Coast for representation on an Injunction for Stalking against her ex-boyfriend, Ed. During the initial consultation, Jane revealed that she was a victim of physical and sexual violence, which is what ultimately lead to the break up with Ed and his subsequent stalking of Jane.
Jane suffers from multiple mental illnesses and disorders, sometimes resulting in panic attacks. She takes psychotropic medications to control her condition, which make her drowsy and unable to think clearly. Unfortunately, this made her more vulnerable to Ed’s emotional and physical abuse. When she suffered a panic attack, he would smother her, scream in her face, and drag her body across the floor by her ankles. He sexually violated her when she fell sleep after taking her medications.
After their break-up, despite her numerous requests for him to leave her alone and not to contact her, Ed continued to follow and harass Jane which caused her severe emotional distress. Our attorney amended her Petition for Injunction for Stalking to a Petition for Injunction for Domestic Violence which allowed the Judge to hear about both the physical and sexual abuse during their relationship and the stalking behavior following the break up. Jane feared the Judge would not find her to be credible after learning that she suffers from mental illnesses and after learning about her occupation as a sex instructor/therapist. Despite Ed’s attorneys’ attempts to portray the client’s profession and mental illnesses in a negative light, the Judge was unswayed by opposing counsel’s inappropriate arguments and ultimately granted Jane an Injunction for two years. Jane finally got the closure from this abusive relationship that she so desperately needed which allowed her to move on with her life and find peace.