An injunction is a court order that directs a person not to have any contact with the person who files for the injunction. It is one legal tool used to protect a person from threats or acts of violence by another person.

Domestic violence includes:  assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any other criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death to petitioner or petitioner's family or household members who are residing in the same single dwelling unit with the petitioner.

If you have been a victim of domestic violence, Ms. Houser recommends going to the courthouse and immediately filing a Petition for Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence.  A judge will quickly determine whether to grant your Petition based upon the allegations therein.  If the Petition is granted, a Temporary Injunction will be entered and a hearing will be scheduled in about 10 days.  If you are a party to an injunction and a hearing has been scheduled, it is important to have an attorney represent you.