If you are the victim of domestic violence, it is important to do everything possible to remove yourself, and any children, from the situation as quickly, and safely as possible. This can be a terribly scary and difficult experience, but it is possible, and there are many people who can help. The following are some key things you can do to break the cycle of domestic violence and get yourself and your children to safety.
Get Out of Danger
The first thing to do is to get out of danger. In many cases, this will mean contacting the police for assistance. Other times, however, it may mean getting help from friends and family, or going to a domestic violence shelter where they will have the resources to support you and protect from your spouse.
Seek Medical Attention
If you or your children have been injured, get the medical attention you need. Emergency room doctors can evaluate the severity of any injuries, and provide you with the care needed to recover your health.
Filing an Emergency Protective Order
Once you have gotten out of the immediate danger of an abusive spouse or partner, the next step is to do all you can to keep them away from you. This typically involves filing for an emergency protective order. An emergency protective order legally bars your abuser from contacting you or coming within a set number of feet from you. Should they violate the order, they can be sent to jail. An attorney can help you to quickly file for this order, and get it moved through the courts right away.
Seek Professional Help
Getting out of an abusive relationship can cause a lot of stress and anxiety for yourself and your children. Many people find it very helpful to talk with a professional therapist or psychologist to work through these types of emotions. Don’t be afraid to get yourself and your children the professional assistance that is needed.
Getting Legal Help
In addition to a restraining order, those who are escaping domestic violence often need legal help with things like divorce, separation, child custody, and more. Working with an experienced and compassionate attorney can help ensure your legal rights are protected throughout this experience. Contact Hensley Legal Services to discuss your options and get the legal help you need to break the cycle of domestic violence.