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  • Recognizing the Warning Signs of Domestic Violence and Abuse

    Do you think you have a family member or friend who is a victim of domestic violence? Keep in mind that expressing your concern will let the person know that you care, and may even save his or her life. Read this information for general warning signs of domestic abuse and physical violence. Read More

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    OASIS
  • Breaking Free From Domestic Violence

    Domestic violence is any felony, battery, assault, criminal damage to property, unlawful restraint, or criminal trespass between past and present spouses, parents of the same child, parents and children, stepparents and stepchildren, foster parents and foster children, or other persons living or formerly living in the same household. If you think you may be a domestic violence victim, this information advises how to protect yourself, and get medical care, financial assistance, counseling and more. Read More

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    Legal Services Alabama
  • Divorce and Domestic Violence in Alabama: Answers to Some Common Questions

    This article gives answers to some of the questions many divorce clients ask. It gives information about where and when to file divorce and about Protection Orders and Restraining Orders. Read More

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    Legal Services Alabama
  • Ex Parte Protection Orders

    What is an ex parte protection order? What does it do? What does it NOT do? What do you do if your abuser violates it? These questions and more are answered in this document. Read More

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    Legal Services Alabama
  • I Have an Ex Parte Protection Order: How Do I Get Custody of My Children?

    When can I get custody of my children? My husband says he will get custody. Will he? What can I do to make it more likely I'll get custody? Answers to these questions and much more here. Read More

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    Legal Services Alabama
  • A Hotline for Domestic Violence Victims - 1-800-799-7233

    Call this number for help, or go to the website to learn more about help for domestic violence victims. Every call is answered in both English and Spanish, and hotline advocates and volunteers have access to translators in 170 languages. Content Detail

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    National Domestic Violence Hotline
  • Domestic Violence Telephone Numbers and Links

    Telephone numbers to call and websites to check if you are in danger from domestic violence. Read More

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    Legal Services Alabama
  • Get Help

    Information you can use to find help, including telephone numbers and websites, including "What You Can Do." Content Detail

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    Futures Without Violence
  • Moving When You Have a Custody Order

    As of September 1, 2003, when a Court in Alabama gives joint physical custody or gives one parent custody and the other visitation, the Court's order will tell each parent what they have to do if they want to move. The first step for a parent is sending a notice to the other parent by certified mail. Can your ex stop you from moving? What happens if your ex files papers? What do you need to show in Court? This document answers these questions and more. Read More

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    Legal Services Alabama
  • You Have an Ex Parte Protection Order, But He's Still in the Home

    I have an ex parte protection order -- does my abuser have to move out or stay away from our home? Can I stay in the house with my abuser while waiting for the hearing? If I need to go into shelter, how do I get there? Read this for answers to these questions and more. Read More

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    Legal Services Alabama
  • Legal Actions to Get Protection From Abuse

    You have two choices if you want to take legal action: civil or criminal. You may use one or both at the same time. This document talks about each one. Read More

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    Legal Services Alabama
  • The Protection Hearing

    What time should I be in Court? How should I dress? Should I bring the children? Will I see my abuser? Will I have to testify? Answers to these questions and more are in this document. Read More

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    Legal Services Alabama
  • What is the Alabama Protection From Abuse Act? How Does It Work?

    This document explains how Alabama's Protection From Abuse Act (PFA) works and how you can use it to get protection from your abuser. Read More

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    Legal Services Alabama
  • WomensLaw.org

    Information on: How to get a restraining order in Alabama, court forms, court, shelter and sheriff department locations and links to other Alabama online resources. Read More

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    WomensLaw.org
  • Basic Questions & Answers for Non-Citizen Survivors of Domestic Violence: VAWA

    What is VAWA? What does USC mean? What does LPR mean? What is a derivative? What do "inadmissibility grounds" mean? If I am a victim of abuse, are there protections available for me under VAWA? Can men qualify for VAWA? Read this information for answers to these questions and more information. Content Detail

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    WomensLaw.org