Today, B. Robert Farzad, Esq., is a successful attorney, but his childhood experience of witnessing domestic violence in Iran has never left him. In fact, it shaped his adult life and drives his passion in his family law firm, where they have seen alarming spikes in restraining order requests and domestic violence-related legal needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The firm works with Human Options’ clients once a week, every week at the emergency shelter. These clients are often in a state of crisis and have to make difficult decisions quickly about restraining orders, custody, divorce, or police reports. In part, what he witnessed as a child, is why Farzad feels so passionate about offering pro bono services for certain, serious domestic violence victims who need a restraining order against the perpetrator. His firm, Farzad & Ochoa Family Law Attorneys, LLP, even released a comprehensive guide on navigating the legal system and guiding victims and survivors away from violence.
Farzad’s firm, with locations in Santa Ana, San Diego, and Los Angeles, typically receives one to two calls per week related to domestic violence. Lately, they are fielding upwards of 4-6 calls per week as victims are trapped at home with their abusers. This steady increase in domestic violence reports and restraining order requests is anything but typical.