Ask an Attorney - How Do I Handle a Domestic Abuse Situation?
If you find yourself in a domestic abuse situation, you probably know the abuser and you may know certain things that can trigger the abuser and lead to danger. Remember that you may need to call 9-1-1 in order to protect yourself.
If you are at a position where you feel comfortable going and getting a protective order, you can go to talk to a lawyer or to the courthouse in your community. If you go to the courthouse, go directly to the Clerk of Court’s Office and tell them that you would like to fill out the paperwork for a petition for relief from domestic abuse. After you complete the paperwork, a judge can review everything that you included in the paperwork and decide if a protective should be issued immediately. This video provides information about what you can do throughout the process of getting a protective order.