The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone, more so for those dealing with domestic violence or abuse. According to Women Against Crime, domestic abuse increases over the holidays, for a number of possible reasons:
Nobody wants to experience an abusive relationship, especially during the holidays. If you find yourself a victim of domestic violence, help is available. There are online resources such as The National Domestic Violence Hotline or local shelters. Turning to a trusted friend or close family member can also help if you are unable to leave the relationship.
If you are able to escape an abusive partner, consider getting a restraining order. A restraining order is a type of injunction of which the primary goal is to protect people from violence or stalking. An injunction is a court order to continue or cease actions between multiple parties.
If the restraining order is violated, the abuser may be held in contempt of court. They may also face a first-degree misdemeanor charge which can bring up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Repeat violations can bring heavier charges, such as a third-degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
The process for getting a restraining order can be tough to navigate, so it is best to have an attorney on your side. Call Attorney Brandon Gans for help filing an injunction.