Many victims of domestic violence do not realize that they are being victimized. They are just too consumed by their relationship, and the hope that things will get better, and they can’t get an objective read on the situation. In fact, it can take years of abuse before a victim wakes up to the fact that he or she has the right to protect him- or herself by leaving the relationship. Even then, once the decision has been made, it could be dangerous to try to leave a violent spouse.
Fortunately, most victims of domestic violence will be able to obtain a restraining order — or order of protection — to protect themselves from further harm. Here are a few of the things that might be included in your protective order:
- No contact provision: A protective order will prevent your ex from texting, calling, emailing, attacking, stalking, disturbing or hitting you.
- Peaceful contact provision: This provision may allow your abuser to get in touch with you in only very specific circumstances, like child visitation transfers.
- Stay away provision: This indicates the distance in feet or yards that the abuser must maintain from the victim and his or her home, work or school.
- Move out provision: This provision makes it so the abuser has to move away from the home.
- Counseling provision: This provision requires the abuser to go to counseling or anger management classes.
If you think you could benefit from a protective order because your spouse or romantic partner is abusing you, learn more about your legal rights and options now.