If you are in immediate danger, please call 911. (add or keep first sentence?). The Department of Justice defines domestic violence
as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person.
This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone. If you are experiencing any of these conditions, contact the Women's Legal Services Center today and let us help you.Orders of Protection
- One way the Women's Legal Services Center can help you with domestic violence is obtaining an order of protection. A petition for an order of protection may be filed only: (i) by a person who has been abused by a family or household member or by any person on behalf of a minor child or an adult who has been abused by a family or household member and who, because of age, health, disability, or inaccessibility, cannot file the petition, or (ii) by any person on behalf of a high-risk adult with disabilities who has been abused, neglected, or exploited by a family or household member. However, any petition properly filed under this Act may seek protection for any additional persons protected by this Act.
It is important that you do not wait as action must be taken now. To speak with an experienced family law attorney who can assist you in your domestic abuse case, please contact Women's Legal Services Center today.