It is a sad reality that many Ohioans are subjected to domestic violence. Whether in the form of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, these individuals may find themselves in fear of leaving their significant other, sending their everyday lives into a realm of terror and anxiety. Fortunately, these individuals can take some action to help protect themselves, but it is important that they know the law so that they can pursue the legal route that works best for them.
One critical differentiation to make is the one between a civil protection order and a restraining order. While both forbid an individual from harassing or abusing the individual who sought the order, they have different enforceability and goals. A civil protection order, for example, is enforced by police, meaning that an order violator can be arrested. A restraining order, on the other hand, is enforced by the person who sought the order and his or her attorney. If an individual violates a restraining order, then he or she may be held in contempt of court.
An individual can seek both a restraining order and a civil protection order, giving him or her a greater amount of protection. However, the process of acquiring each protection order may be different, and, depending on an individual's circumstances, both options may not be available. Therefore, it may be beneficial to speak to a legal professional before deciding which actions to take.
Domestic violence can be scary, leaving an individual not knowing where to turn. The good news is that those who suffer from domestic violence may be able to find help in the form of a family law attorney, who will do everything possible under the circumstances to ensure a victim is properly protected.
Source: Ohio Legal Services, "Difference Between Restraining Order and Civil Protection Order," accessed on Jan. 18, 2015