If you have lived life in the cycle of violence for any amount of time, you know what it means to walk on eggshells. Any period of stress can trigger a violent episode, which can mean verbal, physical, or sexual abuse for the victim. Although the period after the incident is the best time to seek help, sometimes the help itself can trigger more violence. Because of the numerous threats of their abusers, victims might be terrified to seek legal protection through a protective order, fearing it may set their abuser off once again.
A protective order is an order issued by a court telling one individual to stay away from another individual. That person cannot hurt, threaten, communicate or in any way be near the person seeking protection. This is also referred to as a protection order, restraining order, civil protective or restraining order.
In order to obtain a restraining order, you will need to follow the procedures for your particular district or county. This process may include some of the following steps:
Appear in front of a judge and explain why you want a protective order.
Be able to show or explain why you need protection.
The orders must be served to the person you want restrained on physical property.
The orders will only be temporary until the permanent protective order hearing.
The judge will automatically make the orders permanent if the restrained person does not appear to the permanent protective order hearing.
The restrained person must notify you if they want the orders changed.
Especially in domestic violence situations, it is common for an abuser to become even more angry, violent and hostile after they become aware that their victim has filed for legal protection. It is important to be aware of local resources, shelters and family safety centers where you can have legal protection from your abuser during this volatile time.
Claims of domestic violence must be handled in a firm, decisive manner. If you are a victim of spousal abuse or danger in your home, help is available. The Law Office of Ann A. Thomson in Orange County provided protection for victims of domestic violence throughout Southern California. Call Ann’s office at 562-431-4333 or contact her for information or to request a free initial consultation.