There are a number of different kinds of orders which are available to victims of domestic violence or harassment. Protective orders are available under a number of statutes, and a victim of violence may obtain, a domestic violence order for protection, a temporary or continuing restraining order, an anti-harassment order, or a no contact order.
Domestic Violence Protection Order: This type of order may be obtained by a "family or household member" in a civil proceeding whether or not a dissolution action is pending.
Restraining Order: A temporary or continuing restraining order may be obtained by one party to a dissolution, legal separation, or paternity actions.
Anti-harassment Order: This may be obtained by any person who is a victim of unlawful harassment defined as a "knowing and willful course of conduct which seriously alarms, annoys, or harasses one or is detrimental to such person and serves no legitimate purpose. Anti-harassment orders do not require a particular relationship between the parties but may not address any issue associated with parenting children.
No-contact Order: An individual may be protected by a no-contact order when criminal charges are pending or have been filed. Such an order may be issued to a family or household member when a domestic violence related crime is pending.
If you have been the victim of domestic violence, or have endured verbal threats of harm that cause you to fear for your safety or your children's safety, you have legal rights and options.
My firm offers dedicated, compassionate, and comprehensive legal representation for those who have suffered physical and emotional abuse. I am also available to represent those who have been falsely accused of domestic violence, and will zealously advocate for the protection of their parental rights.
My firm works closely with professionals in the community and offers referrals for individuals needing professional counseling, and assistance with anger management issues.
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