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Restraining Orders for Domestic Violence Victims

Obtain the Protection You Need

If you are a victim of domestic violence, a restraining order may be what you need to attain protection. Domestic violence is classified as abuse or threats of abuse when the victim and the abuser is or have been in an intimate relationship.

This can include any of the following situations:

  • Married / Domestic Partners
  • Dating / Used To Date
  • Currently Live / Lived Together
  • Have A Child Together

Abuse can be considered physically—whether it be intentionally or recklessly—hurting or attempting to hurt an individual, sexually assaulting a person, making someone reasonably afraid that they or someone they love / know is going to be seriously injured, disturbing someone's peace, destroying an individual's personal property, or harassing, stalking, threatening, or hitting someone.

Physical abuse does not solely include hitting; it can include kicking, pushing, throwing things, scaring / following you, shoving, abusing family pets, and keeping you in a place against your will. Domestic abuse can include emotional, verbal, and psychological abuse, as well.

How can I acquire a restraining order?

Restraining orders are a form of court order designed to help protect people from abuse or threats of abuse from a person the victim has a relationship with. You may qualify for a domestic violence restraining order if a person has abused or threatened to abuse you and you have a close relationship with said person.

You may be:

  • Married or Domestic Partners
  • Divorced or Separated
  • Dating or Used to Date
  • Living Together or Used to Live Together (a relationship that was more than roommates)
  • Parents of A Child
  • Closely Related (this includes a parent, child, brother, sister, in-law, etc.)

If you and your child are being abused, you may also be able to file a restraining order on their behalf—if they are 11 years old or younger—to ensure they are protected. Once they are 12 years old, they can file a restraining order on their own.

A restraining order cannot end your marriage or domestic partnership, nor establish parentage of your children with the restrained individual unless a judgment of parentage is entered via the court. If you are unsure if you qualify for a restraining order or are seeking divorce assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the Riverside divorce attorney at Diefer Law Group, PC today.