Domestic violence is traumatic and dangerous, but you can take steps to protect yourself. If you’re living in Rhode Island and have experienced domestic violence, one of the most important things you can do is file for a restraining order. A restraining order is an official court document that orders the abuser to stay away from you and any other individuals named in the order. This blog will discuss how to file for a restraining order in Rhode Island in domestic violence situations, including a basic overview of the process and both temporary and final orders.
An Overview of Filing For a Restraining Order in Rhode Island
Domestic violence restraining orders are issued for various reasons, but in Rhode Island, the most common is to protect victims from physical or emotional abuse. When filing for a restraining order in Rhode Island, you must provide the court with evidence showing why you are seeking protection from the abuser. This can include photographs, medical records, eyewitness testimony, or other evidence supporting your request.
Temporary Restraining Orders in Rhode Island
In Rhode Island, a temporary restraining order (TRO) is the first step in filing for a restraining order. It is issued without the abuser present and can be granted within 24 hours of filing. The TRO will last until a court hearing can be held, usually within ten days of the filing date. The TRO will include all necessary information about the abuser and the actions that caused you to seek protection.
Final Restraining Orders in Rhode Island
After a court hearing is held, the judge may issue a final restraining order (FRO). This order may last up to three years, depending on the severity of the case. The FRO will state what the abuser is prohibited from doing, including any contact with you or your family and information about their right to possess a firearm.
Get Help From a Family Law Attorney
Filing for a restraining order in Rhode Island can be an essential first step in protecting yourself from domestic violence. Knowing the basic process of filing a restraining order and understanding both temporary and final orders can help ensure you get the protection from domestic violence you need.
If you need help seeking freedom from domestic violence, the team at Assalone & Associates can help. When it takes a village, we are your village.
Learn more about how we can help with domestic violence or schedule a consultation by calling (401) 589-5599 or visiting our website.