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It is a crime for any person to cause you any physical injury or harm. EVEN IF THAT PERSON IS A MEMBER OR FORMER MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY OR HOUSEHOLD.
Please tell the investigating peace officer:
IF you, your child, or any other household resident has been injured; or
IF you feel you are going to be in danger when the officer leaves, or later.
You have the right to:
ASK the local prosecutor to file a criminal complaint against the person committing family violence (press charges); and
APPLY to a court for an order to protect you (you should consult a legal aid office, a prosecuting attorney, or a private attorney). For example, the court can enter order that:
(1) The abuser not commit any further acts of violence;
(2) The abuser not threaten, harass or contact you at home;
(3) Directs the abuse to leave your household; and
(4) Establishes temporary custody of the children and directs the abuser not to interfere with the children or any property.
A VIOLATION OF CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF COURT-ORDERED PROTECTION (such as (1) and (2) above) IS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE.
CALL THE FOLLOWING VIOLENCE SHELTERS OR SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS IF YOU NEED PROTECTION: 1-800-621-8882