What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence includes violence or threatened violence against a family or household member. This includes but is not limited to:
- Physical Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Verbal Abuse
- Economic Abuse
- Child Neglect
There are two kinds of protection orders in Ohio.
- Temporary Ex Parte Protection Order
- Civil Protection Order
Although you do not need a lawyer to file for a protection order, it may be to your advantage to seek legal counsel, hiring a lawyer for any domestic violence case will help make sure that your legal rights are protected.
Temporary Ex Parte Protection Order
A temporary ex parte protection order can be granted the same day you file your petition in order to give you immediate protection from the abuser. An ex parte order will last until the hearing for your civil protection order, which generally takes place within 7 to 10 days.
Civil Protection Order
A civil protection order can be issued after a hearing is held where the abuser has the opportunity to appear in court, even if he or she chooses not to appear. A civil protection order can last up to five years but if the respondent (abuser) is under age 18 when the order is issued against him or her, the order can only last until he or she turns 19 unless it is renewed or extended.