No one has the right to commit domestic violence on another and that includes men, women or children. Sometimes the damage from verbal abuse and put down behavior is just as great as that from physical assault. If you have found yourself in a situation in which you believe that you have been or may be a victim of domestic violence do not hesitate to seek the relief of the Court.
If you feel that you or your children may be in imminent danger of physical harm, you have the right to go to the Court and request an Order for Protection for you and/or the children. The Court will assist you in preparing the initial petition. An OFP will order the other party to have no contact with you and/or the children until the Court rules. If the other party does not accept the OFP, you may be required to present the basis for your petition in an evidentiary hearing immediately after that hearing. You must have your witnesses and evidence available.
Sometimes a person finds that they are being harassed either by telephone or other means. You can go to the Court and request a Harassment Restraining Order. Usually no hearing is set for the HRO unless requested by the other party.
The following links may be helpful if you or someone you know has an issue with domestic abuse: