Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
If you are a victim of domestic violence, you may feel that you have nowhere to turn for help. The truth is that there are numerous sources of help for dealing with your domestic violence issues, and, at the Law Office of Kelley C. Finan, we can help you pursue civil and criminal remedies if need be to protect you and your children from domestic violence and get you the financial help you need to get back on your feet, away from your abuser.
Domestic violence is not limited to just physical violence between spouses. Domestic violence includes threats of physical violence, sexual abuse, and psychological and emotional abuse. It can also occur not just between spouses, but also people who are or were romantically involved, parties that have children together, and others.
Pursuing a Domestic Violence Restraining Order, or DVRO, is a common way to prevent further harm from domestic violence by enlisting the help of law enforcement and the courts. There are several types of DVROs that can protect you from further harm:
- Emergency Protective Order: This can be issued by a police officer responding to a domestic violence call who believes a victim of violence needs immediate protection.
- Temporary Restraining Order (TRO): You may obtain a TRO from a court, preventing the other party from contacting you or approaching you, without that party being involved in or even made aware of the TRO. A TRO is effective against an abuser until there is a hearing (usually a couple of weeks).
- Permanent Restraining Order: A TRO may later be converted to Permanent Restraining Order, which can be made effective for up to five years. Obtaining this order will require that both parties go before a judge and present evidence.
If a person violates a restraining order, he or she will be subject to criminal prosecution. Our law office understands that abuse claims cannot wait. We are standing by to help you take whatever action you need to make sure both you and your family are protected. If you feel threatened at home or have been abused, speak to one of our lawyers immediately about obtaining a restraining order and taking all other necessary protection to protect you and your family.
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