Whether you are being hurt physically or verbally, it can leave you feeling helpless, confused and wondering what to do.
But you are not alone. In fact, you might be surprised how much domestic violence occurs in northeast Ohio homes. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, what race or religion you are, or where you live. Unfortunately, this is a problem that a surprisingly large number of people face every day.
The spouse is not the only victim of this abuse. Children also suffer, even if they are not being attacked.
Our law firm has vast experience helping victims of domestic violence, whether the violence is directed against a spouse, the children, or both. We can help you get the abuser out of the house, and out of your life.
Your Options as a Victim of Domestic Violence
If you are a victim of domestic violence, you should not hesitate to dial 911 to speak to your local police department and have your abuser arrested immediately. However, your remedy does not stop there.
In addition to having the abuser charged criminally, it is advised that you immediately seek a civil protection order (CPO). A CPO is a statutory remedy that is available to victims of domestic violence.
Once you fill out a petition for a civil protection order, you will go before a Magistrate and/or a Judge immediately. There is no filing fee required. You will give testimony under oath as to the circumstances that created the domestic violence and if sufficient evidence is produced, the Court at that time will issue what’s called an ex parte civil protection order. An ex parte civil protection order is an order that the Court issues immediately without the alleged abuser being present in Court.
However, at that time, the court will set a full evidentiary hearing for the respondent/alleged abuser to appear in court and dispute the allegations. The ex parte civil protection order will remain in effect pending the resolution of the litigation. Civil Protection Orders in Ohio can last up to five (5) years and a party can apply to the Court towards the end of the five (5) year period to have the civil protection order extended for a period of time thereafter.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, please contact us for a free consultation to learn more about your options by calling 888-774-9265, chat with one of our 24-hour live chat representatives or send us a website message. We make ourselves available at all times including evenings, holidays and weekends. So, contact us no matter what day it is or time of day.
Take the first step and contact us. We can step in and help to make your life and the lives of your children right again.