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Stopping Domestic Violence

There are a number of ways victims and other witnesses can stop domestic violence, which is defined as a violent act committed by one family or household member against another. For example, an abused spouse may petition a judge to issue an “ex parte” (or restraining) order against the abuser. In any event, victims should understand that they have options to living in an abusive household. This section provides information to help those interested in stopping domestic violence, including restraining orders, a primer on how to file a lawsuit against your abuser in civil court, and answers to frequently asked questions about how to stop domestic violence.

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