With many families currently feeling the negative effects of long-term quarantine, more needs to be done to protect those at risk. How does this apply to you?
By now we have all experienced our fair share of troubles throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, especially while being quarantined at home for significantly long periods of time. Many workers have been furloughed, children have not been able to attend schools, and our routines as we know them have been completely interrupted.
With more time spent at home and in the company of family members, an unfortunate subsequent result has been an increase in fights between couples, both verbally and physically. Through these stressful and uncertain times, domestic abuse and violence has skyrocketed throughout the country which has increased the need for injunctions for protection. These are also known as protective orders, which can range from the following types:
No Contact Provision: Prohibiting the abuser from communicating with you
Peaceful Contact Provision: Permitting the abuser to peacefully communicate with the victim for limited reasons like child care
Stay Away Provision: Ordering the abuser to stay at least a certain number of yards or feet away from the victim
Move Out Provision: Requiring someone to move out of shared living space
Firearms Provision: Requiring the abuser to surrender any guns or purchasing any other firearms
Counseling Provision: Ordering the abuser to attend counseling meetings
This situation can be incredibly complicated, being that the number of cases reported have actually dropped since March but much of that is due to the fact that social services and reported crime in general has dropped altogether. According to The Marshall Project, many victims fail to report their incidents out of fear of the abuser getting sick in jail if they were detained, or they simply aren't sure where to go when they are constantly in the same living space as them.
This is where a family lawyer enters the fold and can remedy a predicament as complex as this, because injunctions for protection fall directly into their line of expertise. A family lawyer can assist you with:
Acquiring a restraining order
Providing resources to necessary social services
Consulting with the steps of injunctions for protection
If any of these situations sound similar to something you are currently experiencing, please reach out to a family lawyer who can help you in a number of different ways.