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Protecting the Rights of Domestic Violence Victims
Domestic violence is a serious issue that affects millions of people across the United States. In Michigan, domestic violence is a crime that is taken very seriously by the courts. If you are a victim of domestic violence, you have the right to take legal action to protect yourself and your family. At The Law Firm of Victoria, P.C., we are committed to helping victims of domestic violence obtain the legal protection they need. We can help you file a restraining order and take other legal action to ensure your safety.
What Is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain 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.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. It affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. Domestic violence can happen to intimate partners who are married, living together, or dating. Domestic violence can also include:
- Child abuse
- Elder abuse
- Parent abuse
- Abuse by any family member
Although both men and women can be abused, most victims are women. Children in homes where there is domestic violence are more likely to be abused and/or neglected. Most children in these homes know about the violence. Even if a child is not physically harmed, they may have emotional and behavior problems. Domestic violence is never the victim's fault.
What Are the Signs of an Abusive Relationship?
There are many signs of an abusive relationship. The most telling sign is fear of your partner. If you feel like you have to walk on eggshells around your partner—constantly watching what you say and do in order to avoid a blow-up—chances are your relationship is unhealthy and abusive. Other signs that you may be in an abusive relationship include a partner who belittles you or tries to control you, and feelings of self-loathing, helplessness, and desperation.
Some signs of an abusive partner include:
- Controlling behavior
- Verbal abuse
- Manipulative behavior
- Blaming the victim
- Threats of violence
- Physical violence
Domestic violence does not always manifest as physical abuse. Emotional and psychological abuse can often be just as extreme as physical violence. Lack of physical violence does not mean the abuser is any less dangerous to the victim, nor does it mean the victim is any less trapped by the abuse. Emotional and psychological abuse can have a serious impact on a victim's mental health and well-being.
How to Report Domestic Violence
If you are in immediate danger, call 911. If you are not in immediate danger, you can report domestic violence to the police by calling your local police department's non-emergency number. You can also report domestic violence to your local domestic violence shelter or to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or (248) 780-1775.
What Is a Restraining Order?
A restraining order is a court order that is intended to protect you from further harm from someone who has hurt you. A restraining order can be issued for a set period of time or permanently, depending on the circumstances. A restraining order can require the abuser to stay a certain distance away from you, your home, your workplace, and your children's schools. A restraining order can also require the abuser to move out of your home and prohibit them from contacting you.
What Is the Difference Between a Restraining Order and a Personal Protection Order?
In Michigan, a restraining order is called a personal protection order (PPO). A PPO is a court order that is intended to protect you from further harm from someone who has hurt you. A PPO can be issued for a set period of time or permanently, depending on the circumstances. A PPO can require the abuser to stay a certain distance away from you, your home, your workplace, and your children's schools. A PPO can also require the abuser to move out of your home and prohibit them from contacting you.
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