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Victims of violence can seek a protective order

If you're a victim of domestic violence, one of the things you may want to know is what kind of legal protections there are for you. The most common protection is a protective order. This is an order that requires the accused abuser to stay away from you, your home, your school and your workplace.

How does domestic violence or abuse affect children?

Cases of domestic violence are some of the most devastating. For children, domestic violence has an immediate impact. Whether the violence is against them or someone else, the trauma is a very real part of their lives now and in the future.

Reporting domestic abuse won't lead to deportation for victims

Domestic violence and neglect have no place in any home. Sadly, some people put up with far more neglect and abuse than they should because they feel that they have no other options. Those individuals may include victims who are in the country illegally.

You can receive protection against emotional abuse

Emotional abuse can be just as devastating as physical abuse. It can be harder to identify since it does not have physical signs, but it is just as valid as any other type of abuse. Emotional abuse has the potentially to affect a person's sense of self-worth and to have psychologically lasting effects.

What is domestic violence, and what should victims do?

Domestic violence is something that no one should have to deal with. It includes abuse or threats of violence against someone who is or has been in an intimate relationship with the abuser. Abuse has many different meanings, but by law, domestic violence includes sexual assault, harassment, stalking, physically harming another person and/or making someone afraid that those things may happen in the future and result in serious injury.

School shooting encourages new domestic violence bill

A school shooting is always a tragedy. Most could be prevented, and that's why a shooting in San Bernardino has prompted a bill that funds domestic violence prevention. The new bill has been introduced to the state and would help fund efforts that would prevent domestic violence throughout the state of California. The bill, AB1268, has been nicknamed the Domestic Violence Education Act.

What is a temporary restraining order, and how do you get one?

A temporary restraining order (TRO) has the ability to save lives. It's a legal document that helps protect anyone who finds him or herself a victim of domestic violence. The court order requires that the alleged abuser stays away from the victim and imposes distance requirements. Many basic TROs require the accused to stay at least 100 yards away at all times.