Domestic violence—also known as domestic abuse—is defined as any form of physical, emotional or sexual abuse between two people in a relationship. Depending on the circumstances of your case, a court can order an emergency protective order, a temporary protective order, or a permanent protective order, which can last for up to two years. These orders can also extend to your children. In addition, physical cruelty is one of the grounds for divorce in Virginia.
If you are in immediate danger, call 911. If you are in a safe location and would like more information regarding protection for you and your children, contact Mahoney & Richmond, PLLC.