How To Stop Domestic Violence 3

Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself

No matter where you live, domestic violence is a widespread concern. Fortunately, there are laws in place to help protect you from an abusive partner or spouse.

The first and most important thing you need to do is find a safe place to stay. If family and friends are unable to help, you should contact your local authorities to find out if there are any community shelters in your area. These shelters provide temporary housing for women and children who have been the victim of domestic violence and can serve as a safe haven when you need to get out fast.

Once you’re safely out of reach, you should apply for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the abuser. The TRO requires the abusive partner to stay away from you and the places that you frequent, such as work and school. If the abusive partner violates the TRO, he can usually be arrested on the spot.

To help build your case against your attacker, you need to document the abuse as much as possible. Take pictures of any injuries that were inflicted and call the police whenever you feel threatened. Police reports and photographs can make a big difference to your case when you go to court.

In the event that you are injured by the abuser, you have the right to press charges for the attack. This is an important step in stopping the abuse and helps the district attorney build a case against your attacker.

As always, the laws surrounding domestic violence will vary from state to state so you should consult your local resources to find out more about protecting yourself from domestic violence.


  • vivian

    The abuser got out of jail after serving 30 days for non-child support.
    Now he went back to my former house where he pays nothing. I am about to be foreclosed.on the police say he has community rights. yet he yells and screams and threatens to have me arrested if I come back to my own house. He even changed the locks. The police say he can stay. i want my house back so I won;t be foreclosed. Now he lets other family member stay without paying rent etc. I am in the process of filing for divorce. He asked for half of my retirement. He never contributed to mly support. How can I get away from this abuse.

  • tracy

    all of whats written above is very nice to hear…but when your abuser charms the pants off of the cops & happens to have a few scratch marks because you defended yourself..your the 1 who is ask to leave!! i know this because it happened to me. ALOT even w/out the scratches the sherrifs dept would ask me to leave my home w my child because i had friends close by & he didn’t!

  • Jacksong

    M y boyfriend has been abusive to me. I have no family. Someone called DHS and I am afraid that my daughter will be taken away from me. He has stopped working for over a month, steals from me, and destroys my things. He calls me names and then calls me immature when I cry. When I try to leave, he blocks the door or steals my phone or my keys. He always blames his behavior on me. I want to leave but I have nowhere to go. I feel suicidal because everything seems so hopeless. I am trying to find shelters online but the only time I can get away is when I go to work. The DHS lady is coming tomorrow. So I have to go home. home I don’t work again until Monday. I worry about my safety this weekend.