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Continuing with our series on legal rights for women in conjunction with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, today we will highlight effective steps to obtaining a restraining order against an abusive family member, partner, husband or ex-husband.

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Too many women have suffered, and continue to suffer, in silence at the hands of their domestic partner without knowing and/or understanding their legal rights to protect themselves. There are numerous steps a person and/or family may take from a legal perspective to ensure their family’s safety. provides detailed information and advice on how to deal with an abusive situation from developing a “ready to leave plan” to filing a restraining order and getting police reports.

We will highlight specific information each week of October based upon your rights.

What Is A Restraining Order?:

A restraining order (also referred to as a protective order) is a legal order issued by a state court which requires one person to stop harming another person. It is also known as protection/protective order, an injunction (meaning “to put a stop to”) or an order of protection.

Laws and requirements for obtaining a restraining order are dictated by each state, so if you are in need of specific information pertaining to your individual state, please contact an attorney, your local court or visit for more information.

The laws for each state dictate:

1) Who can file for a restraining or protective order

2) What protection or relief a person can receive from the order

3) How the order can and will be enforced

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