Warning: It is important to remember that if fear for your safety and suspect that your internet activity is being monitored, you should make sure you clear your web browsing history on any shared household computer. You may also want to conduct any internet activity on a public computer, or one owned by a friend or family member.
If you are in danger now or fear for your safety, please call “911.”
For more information about domestic violence, please call The National Domestic Violence Hotline (http://www.thehotline.org/) at (800)799-7233 (TDD – 800-787-3224).
The purpose of this section is to give you a broad outline of the legal actions available to you if you or your children are in danger or victims of domestic violence. While we will provide all necessary assistance in completing any forms related to domestic violence, abuse, or harassment, we cannot provide counseling or psychological support. We suggest you contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline (http://www.thehotline.org/) for information on resources and shelters available in your area.
Workplace Restraining Order
In some states, an employee who is the victim of violence or threats of violence in the workplace may be eligible for protective orders. If a workplace violence restraining order is an available option in your state, you should know that in some cases the restraining order must be filed y the employer on behalf of the employee. Additionally, the duration of the restraining order may last a few months to several years, depending on your state’s laws and regulations.
If you do not qualify for a Workplace Violence restraining order, you may still qualify for a domestic violence restraining order, a civil harassment restraining order, or a workplace violence restraining order. Click here to learn more:
Once you have a restraining order in pace, the restrained person will be barred from contacting you, your children, or other members of your household. The restrained person will not be allowed to appear at your home, work, or locations you commonly frequent (like your children’s school, or your gym). If the restrained person is residing in your home, they will be required to move out. The restrained person will also be required to hand over any firearms in their possession to the court for the duration of the order. In some states, court issued restraining orders are entered into a statewide computer system that allows law enforcement to track and enforce active restraining orders.
If you receive a restraining order, some of your activities will be limited by court order. You may have to move out of your home, and you will be required to avoid any locations listed as “off limits” in the order. You will have to turn over any firearms in your possession, and you will be barred from buying any firearms while the restraining order is in effect. If you are a resident immigrant, your immigration status may also be affected, and you will need consult an immigration lawyer. If you violate any portion of the restraining order, you could face sanctions, fines, and jail time.
For more information on restraining orders, click here.