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Protective orders are not one-size-fits-all

Keeping your self and the ones you love safe from harm is always a priority when you have a family. Unfortunately, sometimes the individuals who pose a treat are those who are close to you, and may even be family members. For those who face credible threats to their safety or the safety of someone in their care, a protective order may provide the clout they need to to enforce their rights and protect themselves from danger.

Of course, protective orders may vary greatly depending on the needs of the situation and the kind of danger that the order seeks to limit. If you or some one you love is considering a protective order, make sure you understand what this means and the options that you may have to keep your rights and safety secure.

Calming the waters

Not all protective orders require that the subject simply avoid the individual who obtains the order. In some cases, a protective order places very specific restrictions on how and when an alleged abuser may interact with a victim. Two common variations of protective orders that encourage positive interactions rather that restricting all contact are peaceful contact provisions and counseling provisions.

Under a peaceful contact provision, two parents may use very narrow circumstances to communicate peacefully about specific things, such as the care of their child. In these cases, the abuser may still communicate with the other party, but only under strict guidelines of behavior and content.

Similarly, a counseling provision may require an alleged abuser to attend counseling sessions to address specific issues related to his or her alleged abuse, such as anger management programs or battery intervention.

Stronger measures

Proactive protection orders like peaceful contact and counseling orders are not a good fit for everyone, especially if an alleged abuser demonstrates oneself to be truly capable of dangerous behavior. Stronger provisions may require an alleged abuser to avoid all contact, to remain a certain distance from an alleged victim, or to move out of a home shared with an alleged victim.

These orders may combine to restrict many aspects of the alleged abuser's behavior, and may even require him or her to surrender firearms and other deadly weapons in his or her possession.

Protecting yourself or the ones you love is certainly worth taking seriously. Be sure to use all the legal tools you have to protect your rights and your safety with strong, direct action and the full strength of the law.

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