I was talking to a friend about a case today. She works in the same area of law I work in and serves generally the same population. I told her that one of my client's Ex used a new form of harassment against my client. It was nonviolent but a huge headache. It went well beyond getting a restraining order first or the general methods of screwing up my client's life. I was surprised by it and a little impressed. It was clever and I will have to reevaluate how I approach him in court.
My friend said it's screwed up that this method of harassment surprised me. We've become so used to people beating up our clients it's shocking when they can get at them without using violence. I wouldn't have been in the least bit shocked if I found out that her Ex kicked in the door and beat her with a stick. I would have felt bad but not shocked.