If you are a victim of a qualifying crime under the Domestic Violence Act, you can request a Temporary Restraining Order. The request is temporary until you both appear before a Superior Court Judge who will determine whether it is appropriate to grant a permanent order referred to as a Final Restraining order. The result of either a Temporary or Final Restraining Order is that your partner will not have access to you (or your children) until a Judge allows it.
In any case however, the police can guide you through the process and provide you with the information you need to decide to request a restraining order or file a complaint for criminal charges.
Keep in mind that if the abuser is a close family relative and you are an immigrant you may qualify for a green card under the Violence Against Women’s Act. Otherwise, you may qualify for legal status under the U-Visa.
If you face an Domestic Violence issue we have some valuable resources for you:
If you have questions, we have answers.
- Call our knowledgeable staff at 888-695-6169;
- Fill out our contact us form on this page; or
- Select our live chat feature to speak to someone right away.
We help victims of domestic violence, one trial at a time.