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Q: Is domestic violence only physical violence?

A: Absolutely not! Domestic violence is any of the following: physical violence, forced or coerced sexual acts or behavior, threats of physical violence, psychological abuse, stalking, harassment, verbal abuse, among other acts. Typically, many kinds of abuse go on at the same time in a household.

Q: How much does it cost to file a restraining order?

A: Both the filing and service of a restraining order are free.

Q: How do I know if I qualify for a Domestic Violence Restraining Order?

A: You can ask for one if a person has committed acts of domestic violence against you, and you have a close relationship with that person (ex-spouse, a romantic relationship, etc.), or you are related. If you are being harassed or abused by a neighbor, roommate or co-worker, you can ask for a Civil Harassment Order, which can provide you the same protection.

Q: I want to file for divorce, but I am scared of my spouse. What should I do?

A: It is extremely important that you have a plan in place before filing your divorce paperwork for your safety, and the safety of your children. Having an “exit strategy,” including alternate living arrangements, changing your contact information, removing important documents from the home, and securing the best legal representation possible is vital. If you are a victim of domestic violence, you should look into the protection a restraining order offers.

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