Domestic Violence & Protection Orders
Domestic violence is a crime. It is not limited to physical violence and includes emotional abuse as well. If you have children, it can impact and traumatize them as well. Very often, Domestic Violence cases include financial abuse or denying a partner/spouse and financial freedom or access. We understand the social and emotional dynamics of Domestic Violence and it informs our advocacy for our clients.
We are here to ensure you and your children receive every protection afforded under the law to keep you safe and give you your sense of security back. If you feel that you or your children are in immediate danger, please contact the police immediately.
We can provide you with a confidential consultation and information to empower yourself.
Protection Orders are a tool we can use to keep you and your family safe. You can obtain a civil protection order even if there is already one from criminal court.
What is a protection order?
It is a tool you can use to protect yourself, your property, and children. A person found in violation of a protection order can be arrested.
A protection order prevents the restrained person from contacting, harassing, threatening, touching, stalking, coming within a certain distance of you, your family, your pets and even property or your place of employment.
You can file for a temporary (emergency) order of protection where the other party does not have to be present. If the judge finds that you would be in imminent danger if the protection order is not granted, the court can order the Defendant to stay a specific distance from your home (even if the Defendant lives in the same residence), from your job, your child(ren)’s school or day care, from friends or family’s places and from public places that you frequent. This order is only temporary and usually lasts around fourteen (14) days or until your scheduled permanent protection order hearing.
You can obtain an order of protection against and individual even if they are the parent of your child. When issuing protection orders against co-parents, courts will take into account any co-parenting arrangements that are safe and appropriate for the children’s wellbeing.
For resources relating to domestic violence please visit our resource page.
It can be difficult to accept that someone you love is hurting you. That’s why we use this helpful tool to define abusive and violent behaviors.