Domestic Violence

Women's Law Caucus

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Every nine seconds, a woman is beaten in the United States.
American Institute on Domestic Violence
, http://www.aidv-usa.com/Statistics.htm

Warning Signs:

Common Excuses:

Legal Corner:

A personal protection order, or PPO, is an order issued by the Circuit Court. It canprotect you from being hit, threatened, harassed, or stalked by another person. The PPO may also stop someone from coming into your home or bothering you at work. It can stop them from buying a firearm or finding your address through school records. It can also stop them from taking your minor children unless required by the court.

For more information, see the Michigan Domestic Violence Act. The act creating the Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, defines "domestic violence" for the purposes of that act as follows:

“Domestic Violence' means the occurrence of any of the following acts by a person that is not an act of self-defense: causing or attempting to cause physical or mental harm to a family or household member; placing a family or household member in fear of physical or mental harm; causing or attempting to cause a family or household member to engage in involuntary sexual activity by force, threat of force, or duress; and/or engaging in activity toward a family or household member that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested.” P.A. 389 of 1978 created the MDVPTB within the FIA; 42 U.S.C. 10401 et seq; & Violence Against Women Act

Additional Resources:

If you or someone you know needs help, or if you are an abuser, call 1-800-799-SAFE.

Do not ignore the signs or symptoms. Domestic Violence is REAL.
There is help.
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