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Domestic Violence: A Guide to Taking Action

At Jackson Law, we understand the urgency and sensitivity of domestic violence issues. Here’s a roadmap for securing your safety and legal protections in the face of abuse.

If I Leave the Abuser, How Can I Ensure They Won’t Approach Me?

The cornerstone of legal defense against domestic violence is often a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO). Issued by the court, a TRO compels the abuser to cease their harmful actions, mandating that they refrain from visiting you at your home, workplace, school, or other places you regularly attend like a church. The order will bar any further acts of violence.

Obtaining a TRO is streamlined in many jurisdictions. For instance, in states like New York and California, court clerks provide forms and help you through the process. You will need to present proof of abuse, such as medical or police reports, to a judge, potentially outside of regular hours to cater to emergencies that occur beyond the typical 9-5 timeframe.

How Do I Find a Safe Haven?

Shelters for battered individuals and their children exist to provide refuge in times of crisis or while seeking long-term housing solutions. Local police, social services, or women’s centers are good points of contact for shelter information. You can also look in your local directory under specific support services listings.

For additional assistance, reach out to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) at 303-839-1852 or visit, or contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233) or

What If Courts Are Closed and I Need Immediate Protection?

Local law enforcement can often issue an emergency protective order when courts are not in session. Though short-term, it functions like a TRO. You will need to visit the court for a TRO on the next business day.

How to Strengthen Your Domestic Violence Case?

Whether it’s your first incident or a repeated offense, remember that court decisions on restraining orders adhere to legal criteria. To buttress your case:

  • Police Reports: Always report incidents to the police for documentation and court use.
  • Photographs: Have someone photograph any injuries, as well as property damage, from multiple perspectives and lighting conditions.

How to Enforce a TRO?

Once you gain a TRO, register it with the police departments in all areas the abuser must avoid. This helps ensure enforcement by law enforcement.

What if Abuse Persists Despite a TRO?

A TRO is a deterrent, but continued violence requires immediate police intervention. With a TRO, the police response is typically more assertive. Remember to document every incident and seek a report from responding officers.

Dealing with domestic violence is deeply personal and often traumatic. At Jackson Law, we are here to guide you through the legal paths available, advocate for your protection, and support you as you move towards a safer future. For legal assistance regarding domestic violence, please contact us at 650-587-8556. We stand ready to fight for your rights and your wellbeing.

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