Domestic violence is any assault or threat of harm against a family or household member. Domestic violence includes physical, emotional, financial, and/or sexual abuse.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, you should:
- Contact the police immediately;
- Obtain medical treatment if necessary;
- Seek a shelter or safe place to stay;
- Speak to a victim advocate;
- Seek assistance through the legal system.
Assistance is available in both civil and criminal courts. You can contact the sheriff’s department or prosecuting attorney, who can file criminal charges against the abuser. When criminal charges are filed, you can seek a Temporary Protection Order (TPO). A TPO should contain terms to insure your safety and the safety of your family or household members. The TPO should direct the alleged offender to stay away from your residence, school, and/or place of employment and not to phone you. It also should order the offender not to damage your property.
In a separate case, victims may also request a Civil Protection Order (CPO). A CPO may give you possession of an automobile, give you custody of children, and order support to be paid for the children, etc.
If you or someone you know is dealing with a Domestic Violence situation, Weaver Law can help. Call 614-834-1750 for more details
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