When your husband hit you the first time, you thought it was just because he was drunk and upset. Crying afterwards, he promised to never do it again. Your husband kept his promise for a few months, but then he did it again—and again. It has reached a point where you’re ready to get out of the situation and separate from your husband.
You know leaving your husband will anger him, as will asking for a divorce. You need some type of protection against him, and hope that a protective order will provide that.
How Protective Orders Keep You Safe From Abusive Family Members
The state of Virginia considers any type of domestic violence as “family abuse.” Family abuse occurs when a family or household member commits any act involving violence, force, or threat that results in physical injury, or places you in reasonable fear of death, sexual assault, or bodily injury. Protective orders aim to offer you protection from the abusers. Following is a brief overview of the three protective orders that can be issued in Virginia:
- Emergency protective orders. These protective orders are designed to provide immediate protection, and are even issued on weekends and during non-court hours. Either you or a law enforcement officer can request the order. Typically, emergency protective orders expire three days after issuance.
- Preliminary protective orders. This order is the next step in gaining a permanent protective order against an abuser. They offer the same type of protection as an emergency order, but you have to request the order yourself in court—an officer can’t do it for you. These orders offer protection for up to 15 days.
- Final protective orders. This type of protective order lasts for up to two years, and is only granted after both sides go to court and tell their stories in front of a judge. If you still need the protection, you can file for an extension before the two years is over.
The Easley Law Firm
The legal professionals of the Easley Law Firm want to help you obtain the protection you seek. Contact us today to learn how we have helped many clients in the Fairfax area, and how we may be able to do the same for you.