In California, a "stay-away" order is just what it sounds like: Also known as a Criminal Protective Order (CPO), it's a court order that obliges one person to keep away from another. However, California courts also use something known as a Civil Restraining Order (CRO).
Everybody going through a divorce ultimately hopes that it will be quick and uncomplicated -- but things don't always go that way.
If you're in an abusive relationship, you know that the only sure road to safety is to get out and put some distance between yourself and your abuser.
Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVRO) -- which are generally called "red flag" laws -- exist in numerous states -- including California. They have just seldom been used -- until now.
If you've been accused of domestic violence, you may be in danger of losing your right to possess a firearm -- for the rest of your life.
If you're a woman in America today, the person most likely to murder you is your spouse, ex-spouse or another intimate partner.
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which helps protect women against domestic violence and assists those who are victimized through various programs, came into being in 1994. However, it was a time-limited measure that had to be periodically renewed.
There's a lot of new research emerging that's focused on the effects of domestic violence on children. Researchers are finding out that abuse actually affects children -- and the adults those children later become -- in far worse ways than they ever imagined.
There's a popular perception that domestic abusers target partners that they perceive as "weak." There's some logic in that idea since abusers generally only feel confident and strong when they have control over someone else.
When you're the survivor of domestic violence, you have immediate concerns that have to be addressed. Your ongoing safety is the number one concern you probably have -- followed quickly by trying to minimize the effect of domestic violence on other areas of your life.