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Domestic Violence Archives

Filing a restraining order

People in Virginia who feel that another person is endangering their safety might want to file a protective or restraining order. There are three types of orders, and they have different durations. To protect himself or herself temporarily, a person can get an emergency restraining order that is good for three days or until court is back in session. A preliminary protective order lasts for 15 days or until a hearing occurs, and a final protective order may last as long as two years.

What to do when a loved one is suffering from domestic abuse

Domestic violence is a serious problem in Virginia, and many people have loved ones who are in relationships involving domestic abuse. There are several things people can do to help their loved ones who are in abusive relationships, and taking specific steps might help to save them.

Some domestic abusers may get access to firearms

On Feb. 29, two men went to the Supreme Court arguing that despite being convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, they should be allowed to purchase and own guns. If the men are successful, then victims of domestic abuse in Virginia and throughout the United States may be in greater danger. Abusers with guns are five times more likely to kill their victims, according to research from the National Institutes of Health.

Domestic abuse and Track Palin's case

Virginians may have heard about the alleged domestic violence incident between Track Palin and his girlfriend in Wasilla, Alaska. The son of the former Alaskan governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate was charged with fourth-degree assault as well as possessing a firearm while intoxicated and interfering with a domestic violence report. The 26-year-old reportedly punched his girlfriend and kicked her in the knee before holding an assault rifle close to his head.

Legal assistance for Virginia domestic violence victims

Each year in the United States, 1.3 million women are assaulted by an intimate partner, and three women die every die because of domestic violence. While there are many causes of domestic violence, one way to help victims is to offer them legal assistance whether they can pay for it or not. Currently, a victim of domestic violence is not automatically granted access to legal counsel.

Mass shootings often arise from domestic violence

Domestic violence in Virginia can become much worse when the abusive partner obtains a gun. Shooters who engage in mass shootings are often people who were abusing their domestic partners. These shootings do not get as much media attention as the mass shootings that take place at movie theaters, churches and schools, but many people believe that there is an epidemic of domestic violence-related mass shootings.

Financial abuse a source of control in violent relationships

People in Virginia may shake their heads when domestic violence victims return to their abusive relationships, but money often drives the decision. Victims sometimes have no access to money and may not even have a job when they try to leave a relationship because of the effects of financial abuse.

Virginia crime victims could get compensation from state

Crime can have devastating effects on its victims. An act of violence can leave victims physically or mentally scarred. They also can be affected financially by either the crime or the cost of treatment for physical or mental injury. Under some circumstances, victims of crimes in Virginia may qualify for financial assistance from the state.

The importance of a protective order in Virginia

For those living under the threat of domestic violence, spousal abuse, stalking or any other type of emotional or physical threat in Virginia, it is important to understand the benefits of a protective order. A protective order, formally referred to as a restraining order, is an order granted through the court system that extends legal protection from the offending person for a defined period of time. If the offender violates the protective order, he or she would likely be arrested and charged with a crime.

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