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Options available for protection regarding domestic violence

Physical and emotional abuse are serious problems that plague many Connecticut families and others throughout the nation. Countless spouses and children live in fear of domestic violence. Many adults have taken steps to protect themselves and their children, which has often included filing for protection orders against the parties who placed them at risk.

State laws vary as to who can file a request for a domestic violence restraining order. Anyone involved in a life-threatening situation is advised to call 911 for emergency assistance. Domestic violence restraining orders can be filed against a spouse, registered domestic partner, a mother or father-in-law or stepparent.

There are others who can be legally restrained by a domestic violence protection order as well. It is typically best to seek clarification of the specific laws in one's own state before pursuing such matters in court. Various provisions may be included in a restraining order, depending on one's particular needs. It often happens that authorities or court officials file emergency protection orders if police are called to a residence for a domestic violence incident and wind up placing someone under arrest for suspected abuse.

A restraining order can prohibit all contact or can be limited to geographical distance. A person can also be ordered to move out of a particular residence in conjunction with a domestic violence restraining order. Such orders may be filed on a temporary or permanent basis. A Connecticut family law attorney can provide counsel regarding the process of obtaining a protection order in this state.

Source: occourts.org, "Domestic Violence Restraining Orders", Accessed on March 9, 2017

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