What options do domestic violence victims have in Missouri?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Domestic Violence on Wednesday, February 25, 2015.

In Missouri, we pride ourselves on how serious domestic violence and domestic abuse are treated. Domestic violence claims are taken very seriously, and law enforcers are usually very quick to intervene if they even suspect that someone might be suffering from domestic abuse. This is important because oftentimes such victims are either too frightened to come forward or they are unable to come forward because their abuser exerts too much control. Some abusers do not even let their victims leave the house.

If you live in Missouri, and you are suffering from domestic abuse, you need to know that you will be protected if you accuse someone of domestic violence. We understand that the consequences of an abuser finding out that their victim has gone to the authorities can be serious and terrifying, which is why the law provides options for both married and unmarried individuals to keep harassers at bay.

If your husband or wife is abusing you, it is highly recommended that you seek a divorce and a restraining order. Divorcing couples can request a restraining order, and depending on the circumstances, it can prevent one spouse from harassing or disturbing an ex-spouse or children.

Protection orders are another option for domestic abuse victims. A protection order prevents the abuser from disturbing you in any way, including physical abuse, stalking, and even attempted communication through any medium. If you are suffering from domestic abuse, you should know that the law is on your side, and you have legal options. If you can manage to do so without putting yourself at risk, consider consulting with an attorney to start the steps toward getting a protection order.

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