Abuse Prevention Laws
Laws that enable domestic violence victims to obtain emergency protective orders.
Batterer Intervention Program
A treatment or counseling program that works specifically with batterers.
The use of the internet or other mode of electronic communication to threaten or harass someone.
Abusive behavior toward someone with whom one is a dating, familial, household, or intimate relationship.
A hearing that is held without prior notice to the other side due to the urgent nature of the proceeding or the harm that such notice would cause.
Intimate Partner Violence
Violence between partners who are in a same-sex or hetersexual relationship, including dating relationships.
Mutual Orders of Protection
Orders of protection granted by some courts to both parties where only one party has sought court intervention.
A protective order that prohibits someone from having any contact with the party he or she has abused.
A court order to protect the victim from harm; although civil in nature, violation of these orders is a criminal offense in many states.
A court order directing a perpetrator to refrain from committing further acts of domestic violence against the party seeking protection from abuse; may also protect the children.
The malicious, willful, and repeated tracking down and following of another person; stalking is often a presursor to acts of serious bodily injury.
A court order, pursurant to an abuse prevention law, requiring the perpetrator to keep away from the victim's home or other places where the victim regulary goes (e.g., work).
An order made during the pendency of a legal proceeding; temporary orders are superseded by the judgment.
A court order requiring a perpetrator of domestic violence to move out of the home he or she shares with the party who has been abused; vacate orders do not affect title to property.
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Federal law providing protection to victims of domestic violence and funding for anti-violence programs.