There are a number of legal steps survivors can take to protect themselves from further abuse including calling the police and/or filing for an Injunction for Protection.
Serene Harbor’s Legal Advocacy Program is designed to assist those who seek legal services or police protection due to domestic violence.
A law enforcement officer must attempt to serve a copy to the respondent (abuser being filed against) within 24 hours.
Any person who is the victim of Repeat Violence, or the parent or legal guardian of any minor child who is living at home and who seeks an injunction for protection against repeat violence on behalf of the minor child, has standing in the circuit court to file a sworn petition for an injunction for protection against repeat violence.
Make extra copies to give to schools, landlords, work, etc.
Either party (you or your abuser) may request changes to the injunction at any time, but only the Court may modify or dismiss the injunction.
It is important that you have a safety plan for you and your children.
This is an especially dangerous time because you have taken an action that lessons the abuser’s sense of control.
The term does not include violence in a casual acquaintanceship or violence between individuals who only have engaged in ordinary fraternization in a business or social context.