Domestic Violence / Civil Harassment

Domestic Violence Civil Harassment Are acts of violence, or threats of violence, made against you, or your family. Civil Harassment is a course of conduct that is harassing.

"Domestic" violence is abuse, or threats of abuse, when the person being abused and the abuser are or have been in an intimate relationship (married or domestic partners, are dating or used to date, live or lived together, or have a child together).

Abuse can consist of: physically hurting, or trying to hurt someone intentionally or recklessly; sexual assault; making someone reasonably afraid that they or someone else, are about to be hurt, or harassing, staking, threatening, or hitting someone, or disturbing another's peace or personal property.

Abuse does not have to be physical to constitute domestic violence. Abuse can be verbal, emotional or psychological. Abuse takes many forms and abusers can use a combination of tactics.

If you are being abused seek help immediately. If you know someone who is being abused, speak up. A lawyer, self help center, or, depending on the circumstances the police can assist you in obtaining a restraining order.

If you do not qualify for a Domestic Violence restraining Order, there are other types of orders you can ask for. For example:

CIVIL HARASSMENT restraining orders can be used for neighbors, co-workers, room mates or more distant family members

Retraining orders are available for an elder or dependent adults as well as workplace violence.

What a retraining order can do:

A restrained person can be prevented from contacting you or going near your home, place of employment, it can prevent a person from being near your child's school or day care; or it can require him/her to move out of the house, not have a gun, follow child and custody orders and to pay support.