No Contact Order. . . Injunction for Protective Order. . . Restraining Order . . . Call them what you will. Many victims of domestic violence are not even aware they are available to them. Many know they exist, but have been threatened to be killed if they involve “the law,” and that includes the Courts. And what is the most common statement made about an injunction? “It’s not worth the paper it’s written on.”
Well, if we stand strong and insist on using the injunction to the fullest extent of the law, it will work much better. That means if our abuser is ordered to never come closer than 500 feet to us, and he does, call 911 immediately. Explain to them you have a Protective Order and the batterer is nearby. Maybe you get a phone call from a friend that he’s been seen driving through the neighborhood, past the home you once shared together, and where you are now living─alone. Call 911. Tell them there has been a report of the perpetrator circling the house.
This also means YOU do not approach the other party. You do not call them, send third party messages or texts. You do not send them an e-mail. No contact means “NO CONTACT,” and it goes for both the abused as well as the abuser. If you are lax in maintaining the Injunction, you are putting yourself (and quite possibly others) in danger. Stay away. Drop all communication.
Carolyn is an advocate for sexual/domestic violence and assault awareness, also focusing on child sexual abuse. She is a Life Direction & Empowerment Coach, working with victims and survivors of molestation, sexual assault, domestic violence or spousal abuse, and bringing training to organizations seeking to help victims. Hennecy spent much time during October 2011, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, with media doing radio and television interviews. See Carolyn’s interview with Gayle Guyardo of NBC Channel 8 News Today Early Morning Show and her featured segment on the ABC Action News Emmy Award winning “Taking Action Against Domestic Violence” at orangeblossomwishes.com.
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