Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Domestic Abuse Options
Q: I am a victim of domestic abuse. I had my husband taken to jail and have a restraint order on him. He attempted to kill me and threatened to kill his three daughters. He was intoxicated and is an alcoholic. I am not going to press charges against him but want him to stay away from me and the girls. This is why I need this
restraint order. I don't wish prison on him but would like it if he had to go to a rehab and take anger management classes but don't want him near us. Not until he
gets help. This was his first time ever doing this and I am not making excuses because he almost killed me. I am so greatful that I am alive today. I just want him to get well.

A: You should understand that is is not ever right for a significant other to abuse you in any way. I understand every situation is different but you should take steps to protect yourself and your family first and foremost. Your question on sentencing is dependent upon the judge's recommendation. Your situation would likely qualify you for a protection order, but you need to speak to a prosecutor regarding your circumstances, or contact your assigned Family Violence Unit investigator. I would also encourage you to contact the local YWCA for more information and victim assistance programs that they offer for women in abusive relationships.

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