Domestic violence victims often fail to seek restraining orders because they fear that it
will just be their word against the perpetrator's.
However, an experienced restraining order attorney may very well be able
to identify information that you did not know you had to prove your case.
An attorney experienced at obtaining restraining orders will also be able
to advise you how to affordably and safely document future physical abuse,
threats or a pattern of harassment or vandalism that will qualify you
to obtain a protective order.
Often it is simple as installing an inexpensive hidden camera in a legally
appropriate place, or finding archived emails and voice mails. In more
complex situations, things that trigger the harassing, threatening or
violent conduct can be identified. With suitable hidden security and surveillance
measures, the conduct can then be documented, and a protective order can
be obtained the same or next day.
Domestic violence victims must only prove their case by "a preponderance
of the evidence." This means that the judge (there is no jury involved)
must believe that it is more likely than not that you were the victim
of domestic violence, threat to your person or property or objectively
If you feel you may be in need of a protective order,
contact a family law attorney immediately. Delay dramatically affects a judge's willingness to take
your case seriously.