If you have been a victim of domestic violence, it is important that you take every possible precaution that you feel necessary in order to protect yourself. If you have been involved in an altercation where the police were involved, a temporary restraining order was probably made against the alleged abuser. However, as a victim of domestic abuse, you will probably want to take further action in order to prevent the abuser from being able to initiate any further contact.
In order to successfully get a permanent restraining order, more evidence and information needs to be provided to the courts. They are much more formal than a temporary restraining order, and they cannot be automatically or instantly set up.
There must be proof
In order to have a permanent restraining order put in place, you and the alleged abuser must both attend a court hearing where the situation will be assessed by a judge. There must be enough evidence to suggest that a restraining order is necessary in order for the victim to have adequate protection from the abuser.
Permanent restraining orders can be modified
Although the name suggests permanence, permanent restraining orders can, in fact, be set for a certain date, extended, renewed or terminated as long as these requests are accepted by the judge.
Restraining orders mean that the abuser could face jail time if the restraining order is violated. If you are worried about your safety, it is vital that you take action to protect yourself and your family from an abuser. Being safe from harm is your legal right.