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Have a Plan to Escape Domestic Violence

Source: Oleg Magni

The domestic violence you are suffering is getting to the breaking point. You need to take steps to protect yourself and your children. What should you do?

1. Make a safety plan. Develop a “safety plan” to make sure you and your children are as safe as possible. The National Domestic Violence Hotline has an interactive tool that will help you identify things like safety words to use with trusted individuals when you need help and don’t want your partner to know, a contact list of people who can help you, a list of things to take with you when you need to leave, places you can go, and information for the police.

2. Leave your partner. Don’t be afraid to leave to a safe place or call the police to have your partner arrested or removed from your house. This is the scariest part of the process of becoming free. If you are afraid for your and your children’s safety, escape to the nearest safe place. If you are in imminent danger by your partner, call the police if you can. Leaving your partner is easier said than done, but is a must if the cycle of violence is to end.

3. Get legal help. If you called the police, you might have received an Emergency Protective Order (EPO) that is a short-term restraining order against your partner. You must act quickly to secure a temporary restraining order because the EPO expires in 5 business days or 7 calendar days. The Law Offices of Jane Migachyov can assist you in securing a temporary restraining order that will do things like keep your partner away from you and your children, exclude them from the home, award custody to your children to you and other forms of relief. After securing a temporary restraining order for you, the firm can go to Court for you and also secure a permanent restraining order. Finally, the firm can go to court to get the permanent restraining order renewed before it expires.

Get a team working for you to put an end to your domestic violence nightmare. Schedule a free initial consultation with the Law Offices of Jane Migachyov now.

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