Protection or Restraining Orders
We can help you get a personal protection order and we will go through the entire process with you. We will be there very step from the first call through criminal prosecution and after care through counseling and support. We are well versed in the legal system and can be strong advocates for you whether you reside in the domestic violence shelter or not.
What the judge can do:
Order the abuser to stay away from you or your children.
Order the abuser to leave your home .
Give you temporary custody of your children & order the abuser to pay you temporary child support.
Order the police to come to your home while the abuser picks up personal belongings.
Give you possession of the car, furniture and other belongings.
Order the abuser to go to a batterers intervention program.
Order the abuser not to call you at work.
Order the abuser to give guns to the police.
Show the judge any pictures of your injuries.
Tell the judge that you do not feel safe if the abuser comes to your home to pick up the children to visit with them.
Ask the judge to order the abuser to pick up and return the children at the police station or some other safe place.
Ask that any visits the abuser is permitted are at very specific times so the police will know by reading the court order if the abuser is there at the wrong time.
Tell the judge if the abuser has harmed or threatened the children; ask that visits be supervised; think about who could do that for you.
Get a certified copy of the court order.
Keep the court order with you at all times.
Show the prosecutor your court orders.
Show the prosecutor medical records about your injuries or pictures if you have them.
Be very specific about the physical abuse; in some cases the punishments can be different if he used his hands or an object. If you have gone this far than you do not want him to have the opportunity to hurt someone else.
Tell the prosecutor the name of anyone who is helping you (a victim advocate or a lawyer).
Tell the prosecutor about any witnesses to injuries or abuse.
Ask the prosecutor to notify you ahead of time if the abuser is getting out of jail.
Be Safe at the Courthouse:
Sit as far away from the abuser as you can; you don’t have to look at or talk to the abuser; you don’t have to talk to the abuser’s family or friends if they are there.
Bring a friend or relative with you to wait until your case is heard.
Tell a bailiff or sheriff that you are afraid of the abuser and ask him/her to look out for you.
Make sure you have your court order before you leave.
Ask the judge or the sheriff to keep the abuser there for a while when court is over; leave quickly.
If you think the abuser is following you when you leave, call the police immediately.
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