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Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders

Domestic violence is a serious problem in the United States. Most statistics estimate that more than one million Americans are the victims of domestic violence each year, with some putting the number as high as six million. Worse, domestic violence annually contributes to hundreds of homicides, with more than four such deaths occurring each day, with 30% of murders of women occurring as a result of domestic violence.

In consideration of the substantial dangers that domestic violence can pose for those who are victims of this type of behavior, many states allow domestic violence victims to automatically receive restraining orders against those who have hurt them. Obtaining these orders can be done quickly and, with legal assistance, they can be altered to ensure that they fully meet the needs of those pursuing them.

Restraining orders, at their most basic level, prevent the individual named in the order from approaching or contacting the person protected by the order. This may mean that the individual is prevented from entering that person’s property, their workplace, or even being in their vicinity. It may also be tailored to ensure that the children of the person protected by the order are also kept away from the subject of the restraining order.

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