In our previous blog post, we discussed the case of the woman who was burned by an ex. She is seeking protection from him, but this case brings up the important point of making sure that when people leave an abusive relationship that they have a plan in place for safety. We understand that leaving your relationship is likely something that you have thought about a lot. Most people don’t walk away from a long-term relationship on a whim.

We are here to help you learn about how the legal system can provide you with some components of a safety plan. The courts can’t do everything for you; however, a restraining order can help you to remain safe by giving you the legal basis to take action if your ex comes within a certain distance of you.

You have to think about your safety, as well as the safety of your children. In the previous blog post, one of the woman’s children was harmed in the attack. While the injuries weren’t life-threatening, they likely caused the child emotional distress and at least some physical pain.

We understand that you probably never thought you would be in this situation. Even though things seem bleak right now, you do have options. There is help available to you. We can help you to determine what options you have so that you can make your plan. You don’t have to stay in an abusive relationship because you are scared or worried about your safety. Instead, make your plan so that you can leave as safely as possible.