What to Do in a Domestic Violence Situation
Everyone deserves to live in a home and share in a relationship free of violence and the threat of violence. If you are a victim of domestic violence, it is important that you act quickly to avoid sustaining serious injuries and putting your life or the lives of those you love in danger. If you believe you are the victim of domestic violence, here are some things that you can do to help yourself:
- Don’t blame yourself. It’s always important to remember that you are not to blame for someone else’s violent actions.
- Call a domestic abuse helpline or talk to someone you trust.
- Call the police to inform them about the domestic violence situation.
- Document the abuse and keep records of your injuries, including any incriminating text messages, emails, and phone calls.
- Get to safety. If possible, you should consider leaving the household or relationship immediately.
- Obtain an emergency protective order.
- Hire an attorney to protect your rights.
- File for a protection order against your abuser.
- Seek therapy to begin the process of healing emotionally and physically so that you can begin to move forward.
Filing Protection Orders
A protection order, often referred to as a restraining order, is a legal order issued by the state court to protect a victim from abuse or harassment. Kansas offers two types of civil protection orders, including:
Protection from Abuse Orders
This provides protection from an intimate partner or household member. There are three types of protection from abuse orders that one can file:
- Emergency protection from abuse order
- Temporary protection from abuse order
- Final protection from abuse order
Protection from Stalking, Sexual Assault,
or Human Trafficking Orders
This provides protection from a perpetrator regardless of your relationship with that person. This order can protect you from someone who has sexually assaulted you, stalked you, or trafficked you, notwithstanding the type of relationship between you and the person.
What Can a Protection Order Do?
A protection order can do the following:
- Order the abuser to stop any violent act or threat of violence towards the victim.
- Order the abuser to stay away from the victim’s home, school, workplace, or business.
- Order the abuser to refrain from contacting, threatening, or intimidating the victim or any member of their household.
- Order the abuser to comply with restrictions that are considered necessary by the court for the victim’s safety and protection.
- Decide family law issues related to child custody, support, and visitation.
How an Experienced Family Law Attorney Can Help
Unfortunately, domestic violence can happen to anyone. However, you can prevent someone from getting seriously injured or killed by acting quickly. If you’re a domestic violence victim or if you know someone who is in imminent danger of domestic battery, hiring an experienced family law attorney can be a crucial step that you can take to protect your rights and protect yourself or someone else from abuse.
No one deserves to be a victim of domestic violence. Roth Davies LLC has the resources and experience to help domestic violence victims seek protection through the Kansas legal system. The skilled legal team at Roth Davies LLC can review and investigate all of the facts of your case and take immediate action to seek a protection order on your behalf. Roth Davies LLC will outline a safety plan based on your unique situation that can protect you and your children from potential violence or threats of violence. Don’t wait. Call or reach out to Roth Davies LLC today to schedule a consultation.