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How does the law protect domestic violence victims?

Domestic or family violence can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, race or background. It typically involves a partner or family member that is using physical abuse, emotional abuse or both to exert control of another person in the household.

This blog will answer some of the most common questions about domestic violence and the law.

What type of abuse or violence does domestic violence include?

Domestic violence includes any type of hostile act that is an attempt to exert power over another in a domestic environment. This could be a partner, child or even a roommate. The type of violence can include cyberstalking, physical stalking, economic or emotional abuse, sexual abuse or physical violence.

What can be done to stop an abuser?

The most common first legal action is to go to court and request a restraining order. This means that the abuser must physically stay away from you, your home and your workplace. This still means that the abuser could legally cyberstalk you for example, but it does mean that he or she could face immediate arrest if he or she breaks the restraining order.

I am a victim of domestic violence. Where can I get help?

There are many places that you can get help and support. You can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. There are many local organizations that you can turn to and get support. If you think you are in danger, you must call 911 immediately.

Legal Guidance

If you are uncertain about your situation, an experienced attorney can provide more information on your legal options.

Source: Find law, "Domestic violence FAQ," accessed July 28, 2017

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