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Understanding what a restraining order protects you from

If you are involved in a relationship where you are the victim of domestic violence, abuse or threats, you may have considered filing for a restraining order against your perpetrator. While a restraining order can be effective in protecting you, and keeping you safe from unwanted attention, it is imperative that you fully understand its purpose for optimal effectiveness. At Gregory S. Johnson, Attorney at Law, we are experienced in helping people in Louisiana understand the function of restraining and protective orders. 

According to Live About, there are several things that could happen as the result of you filing for a restraining order. These include the following:

  • Abuser relocation: If you share a residence with the person who is abusing you or your family, a court order will often require that individual to relocate. This recommendation stands even if the abuser is the owner of the shared property.
  • Abuser intervention and counseling: Court orders often require your abuser to undergo some type of counseling, intervention or educational training to help him or her overcome dangerous behavioral flaws. 
  • No-contact orders: You have the power to request no-contact with your abuser in a physical setting and via phone or internet. This protective coverage can be extended to protect other members of your family if you feel that they too are at risk of endangerment by your abuser.
  • Law enforcement escort: Court-approved restraining orders may also require your abuser to be escorted by authorities if he or she needs to retrieve property from your shared residence, business or other destination.

These outcomes of filing a restraining order can help you to stay better protected and safe. Your knowledge of the purpose of a restraining order can help you utilize your resources to their maximum effectiveness. For more information about family law matters, visit our web page.  

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