No one should feel forced to stay in a relationship. All people have the freedom to make their own decisions about their life. If you have found yourself in a situation where you often feel scared of what your partner will do or how they will react, you may be a victim of domestic violence.
Domestic violence in any form is unlawful and should never be tolerated. Physical violence does not need to have occurred to successfully get a protective order. The following are the different forms of domestic violence that can occur, and they are all valid reasons to get a protective order.
Any type of physical force can be an example of physical abuse. Your partner may have physically prevented you from leaving the home, for example. They may alternatively hit or slapped you. Remember that physical abuse can still have occurred even if wounds or bruises did not.
Relationships should involve emotional support, not degradation. If your partner has been systematically criticizing you, telling you that you are worthless, bullying you or threatening you, it’s possible to get protection from this through a restraining order.
You have the right to manage your own money. If your partner is withholding funds so that you must be dependent on them, this is a form of economic abuse.
It can be very scary to take action against an abusive person. However, you should remember that the law is in place to protect you. Therefore, by taking action to get a protective order, you will be increasing your safety and the safety of your children.