- Evaluate My Situation
- Find Alternatives to Court
- Find Court and Legal Forms
- Research the Law
- File a Case
- Prepare for My Day in Court
- Appeal or Enforce a Decision
This is a model plan to prepare for the possibility for future violence.
Advance preparation and planning can help to protect you if abuse occurs.
How to keep your pet safe in a Domestic Violence situation
This article provides options for where a victim should go after deciding to leave an abuser.
There are many steps you can take to try to keep your personal information private.
When you leave, it is important to take certain items with you. Some people give an extra copy of papers and an extra set of clothing to a friend just in case they have to leave quickly. Plan to put these items in one place so you can grab them quickly.
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