If you are a victim of domestic violence, it is important to know that there are legal options available to help you escape the situation. A restraining order can be obtained from a court in Missouri to protect you and your children from further abuse. There are also other legal steps that can be taken to help you get away from your abuser and start fresh. Read on to learn different legal options available to victims of domestic violence in Missouri.
Call the Police
If you are a victim of domestic violence, the first step you should take is to call the police. If the abuse is happening in the moment and you are in immediate danger, call 911. The police can help to protect you from further harm and they will also be able to provide you with information about your legal options.
Get a Restraining Order
Another option available to victims of domestic violence is to obtain a restraining order from a court. A restraining order is a court order that prohibits an abuser from having any contact with their victim. This includes contact by phone, email, text message, or in person. Restraining orders can also prohibit an abuser from coming near your home, workplace, or school. If you have children, a restraining order can also prohibit the abuser from having any contact with them.
Resources Are Available
If you are a victim of domestic violence, there are many resources available to help you escape the situation and get started on a new life. There are shelters available that can provide you with safe housing and support services. There are also hotlines available that can offer information and support. The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone and there is help available.
Know that the team at Rutter and Sleeth Law Offices is committed to your safety and doing everything we can to help you achieve freedom from domestic violence.
Learn more about how we can help or schedule a consultation by calling (573) 279-1349 or by visiting our website. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (800-799-7223) for more information on how to get help.