You were never expecting to have to call the police on your partner. You were together for years without a problem, but lately, things have been strained. They were fired from work, and they have been drinking more than usual. Now, they’ve begun to lash out.
The first time they struck you, you let it go. After all, they were intoxicated and were sorry for it. Now, you’ve gotten fed up, so you called the police to protect yourself. Your partner shouted that they’d kill you. Now, you need a protective order.
Peace and protective orders give you peace of mind
Peace and protective orders are very important for people like yourself. They guarantee that the other party cannot return to the home and must stay away from you at all times. The order can protect you and anyone else named in the order, like your family members or children.
Peace and protective orders may also:
- Give you temporary use and possession of your shared home
- Grant you custody (temporarily) of your children
- Require the respondent to give up firearms and to continue to give them up until the order expires.
- Give you possession of pets or pets of people who are protected by the order
They can do more, too. It’s a good choice to talk to your attorney if you’ve been threatened or hurt by your spouse or significant other. You don’t have to stand by and allow abuse to happen. A protective order can keep them away from you and help you stay safe in your own home.