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If you have been the victim of abuse, whether of violence or threats of violence, call the police immediately. You can get a restraining order, but you have to go to court to get it. It’s a pretty simple process, though. You go to court and through simple court papers you ask the judge for an order of protection. The standards and procedures vary under state laws and also from court to court. However, if you have sufficient evidence that you have been abused or threatened with violence, the judge will likely grant your protective order. Evidence like photos, witness testimony, and police reports, usually go a long way in helping to prove your case to the judge. Now if the protective order is granted, it will specify what the abuser is prevented from doing. For instance, preventing that he or she must not contact you… or must not come within a certain distance of you. The order can also address things like giving you custody of your children, the exclusive right to use your home or car, or other special circumstances. For more information about domestic violence and restraining orders, contact a domestic violence attorney in your area today.