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FAQs about domestic violence

On Behalf of | Mar 26, 2024 | Domestic Violence |

Domestic violence impacts many individuals and families throughout Missouri. These cases, involving harm or threats among family or household members, require significant attention and quick action. Understanding domestic violence laws and the legal system can be confusing for those involved. Some might ask what resources are available to seek justice and protect themselves.

Missouri maintains a bold stance against domestic violence, offering legal protections and support services to assist individuals affected. Knowing the legal implications and support available is the first step toward addressing and preventing domestic violence. Here are a few FAQs to help the average person understand a little more about domestic violence.

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence includes any abusive, coercive, forceful or threatening behavior or language inflicted by one family or household member upon another. This includes physical harm, sexual assault, stalking, and any attempt or threat to inflict harm.

How can individuals seek protection?

Individuals can seek protection by petitioning for an Order of Protection, commonly known as a restraining order. This legal directive prohibits the abuser from contacting or approaching the person seeking protection. They can start the process for obtaining this order at the local courthouse.

Are resources available for individuals affected by domestic violence?

There are a range of resources for those affected by domestic violence, including shelters, hotlines, counseling services and legal assistance. Organizations like the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence offer support and guidance to those in need.

What are the repercussions for domestic violence?

The penalties for domestic violence vary depending on the severity of the offense. Consequences may involve incarceration, fines and mandatory participation in rehabilitation programs.

For individuals affected by domestic violence, knowing how to take appropriate actions and what resources are available can empower them in their pursuit of justice.