The presence of domestic violence in the home poses a risk of psychological and physical harm, and victims of domestic violence may fear for their wellbeing and be unsure of what steps to take to protect themselves and their children. At The Colwell Law Group, LLC, our attorneys understand how sensitive cases involving domestic violence are, and always approach these cases with the utmost discretion and care. If you are a victim of domestic violence and are ready to take action to protect yourself and your future, contact our law offices today.
Seeking a Domestic Violence Order of Protection
Our attorneys highly advise you to seek shelter in a safe place if you are a victim of domestic violence. Once you are safe, the next step is filing a petition for an order of protection. When you file an order of protection with the court, you will be granted a temporary order of protection, which is valid until you appear in court at a later date, and after the abusive party has been served.
Your temporary order of protection can be used to seek protection from abuse, and usually includes an order from the court that the abusive party must refrain from contacting you or traveling to your place of work; refrain from entering your home, even if it is shared; and refrain from certain acts, such as calling you continuously. Indeed, the order can even be used to secure temporary child custody or child support.
Once you go to court, you can seek a final order of protection. Your final order of protection will last for two or five years, and in addition to the elements above, may also include provisions regarding an order for restitution, damages for medical expenses, and may order the abusive party to participate in counseling.