What can a domestic violence attorney do that might be otherwise difficult for you to do on your own? Here are five ways a domestic violence attorney can help:

Get a protection/restraining order in place. Victims of domestic violence can seek a protective order (also called restraining order in some states) which may prohibit the abuser from making contact, coming within a certain distance of the victim, or possessing firearms. In certain instances, a protective order can also require that the abuser move out of a home shared with the victim.
File a domestic violence lawsuit. A domestic violence lawsuit is a civil lawsuit that allows a victim of domestic violence to recover for any medical expenses or financial loss, or pain and suffering caused by the domestic violence.
File for divorce. If the perpetrator is a spouse, a domestic violence attorney can assist you through the divorce process, including your right to spousal support and receiving your share of marital property.
Work to get you custody of your kids. If the abuser is also a parent of your children, a domestic violence attorney can help you get custody of your child as well as child support from the other parent.
Represent you in court and deal with the other (abusive) party. A domestic violence attorney will be your advocate in court, obtain and complete the required documents, and deal with the opposing side throughout the legal process.