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Moving on With Your Life After Escaping Domestic Violence in Joliet

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Will County restraining order attorney domestic abuseFew people expect that they will need to protect themselves against a romantic partner. However, one out of four women and one out of nine men experience domestic violence, which makes up 15 percent of all violent crimes. Victims can take steps to escape an abusive situation by proving the violence in court and having an order of protection placed against their partner or spouse. However, after doing so, many struggle to move on and rebuild their lives. 

What Is an Order of Protection?

An order of protection (commonly known as a restraining order) is a court document that provides legal protection for victims of domestic violence, abuse, or stalking. An order of protection can include a variety of requirements, including an order to stop the abuse, limits on contact between an abuser and their victims, and a requirement for the abuser to move out of a shared home. Having a restraining order in place can provide safety, and an abuser can face serious consequences, including criminal charges, if they disobey the order. Police will take any domestic calls very seriously when a person has an order of protection.

Adjusting to Changes in Your Life

Being a survivor of domestic violence or abuse can have long term effects on your life. The healing process is gradual and individual, but these tips can get you started towards building a happier and healthier life for yourself:

  • See a therapist - Therapy is healthy for everyone, and it can help you mentally recover from abuse. A therapist is a person who will not judge you for your thoughts or actions, but will help talk you through them. They can provide healing tools for your specific needs, addressing issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, low self-esteem, and depression. 
  • Enjoy your freedom - Emotional abuse goes hand in hand with domestic violence. You are now free from the restraints that your abuser may have imposed on you. In many cases, an abuser will not let their victims talk to certain people or go places unsupervised, or they may have put financial restraints on their victims and taken away their liberties. With an order of protection in place, your abuser can no longer keep you from friends and family, and you can begin living your life without fear of harm. 
  • Forgive yourself - A survivor may blame themselves for the failure of their relationship, or they may feel guilty about waiting so long to seek protection. It is important to remember that no amount of violence inflicted on you by an abuser was your fault. You did what you could to survive, and your main focus should now be on healing.

Contact a Joliet Domestic Violence Attorney

If you are the victim of domestic violence or abuse, an experienced Will County order of protection lawyer can help you secure protection for yourself and your family. We will work with you to make sure you have the resources you need as you move on from an abusive situation. Call our office at 815-726-9200 to schedule a free consultation. 

Sources:

https://ncadv.org/statistics

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/invisible-chains/201512/recovery-after-controlling-relationship

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