When it comes to domestic violence, every victim is in a unique position. Some have a very difficult time protecting themselves due to their partner’s controlling behavior, while others are worried about the potential repercussions of standing up for their rights. However, victims need to protect themselves and have a clear understanding of the options that are on the table. Sometimes, obtaining a restraining order is necessary.

For many people, getting a restraining order is tough for a host of reasons. From unfamiliarity with the law to stress related to court matters, it is often hard for victims to seek the protection they desperately need.

Asking the court for a restraining order

Those who are experiencing abuse in a personal relationship are able to protect themselves by pursuing a restraining order if certain conditions are satisfied. The Judicial Branch of California states that those who are abused (or subjected to threats of abuse) can file for a restraining order if the abuser is their spouse, former spouse, close relative or current or former dating partner. Moreover, people can even apply for restraining orders against those who they currently live with and those who used to live with them (so long as the individual was more than a roommate).

Securing a restraining order for your child

Parents can also obtain restraining orders to protect their children. In fact, children over the age of 12 can apply for restraining orders on their own. Restraining orders can prevent further abuse and safeguard victims in numerous ways, preventing abusers from visiting or even contacting victims.