Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders
When marriages end, there are always many powerful emotions that accompany it. Often times, these emotions have time to subside after the separation period. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Should those emotions turn into violent acts, you need to take immediate action to protect yourself and your children.
If you have been harmed or feel threatened by your spouse or ex-spouse, call 911.
You may file a Petition for an Order of Protection (form available here) in the family court of the county the abuse took place in. The Court will then call an emergency hearing to decide whether or not to issue a temporary order of protection.
Within 15 days of filing for the order of protection, a hearing will be held to determine a permanent order.