Few 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.
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.
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:
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.