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Emergency protection orders can protect domestic violence victims

When it comes to life at home, sometimes positive relationships can turn tumultuous. This can lead to behavior that gets out of control and can be very harmful to those who are exposed. For some Cranberry Township residents, it can be become violent. Emotional and physical abuse in the home is what's known as domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse is when a family member lashes out, many times it is at their spouse or even at their children. An emergency protection order may need to be instated that can protect victims of domestic violence. An EPO is a short-term protection order typically given to a victim by the police or magistrate when his or her abuser is arrested for domestic violence. The EPO generally lasts for a limited period of time, which gives the victim time to seek a longer-term protection order.

If authorities grant an EPO or if instances of domestic violence have gone on record, this can be helpful for protecting families now and in the future. Putting domestic violence on record can be really helpful if a parent is trying to protect themselves and their family from an abuser. An abuser may still try to seek child custody or visitation, even if they have been accused of domestic violence. Putting these instances of violence on record can prevent an abusive parent from gaining custody.

Whatever a parent who has suffered domestic violence decides to do, one should seek intervention if they fear for the safety of themselves or their children. Down the line, it can be helpful if seeking full custody as part of a divorce decree. Protective orders can also be helpful in the short or long term. There are ways to escape the horrors of domestic abuse.

Source: family.findlaw.com, "Domestic Violence: Orders of Protection and Restraining Orders," Accessed March 13, 2017

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