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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Internet and Computer Safety

    If you think your activities are being monitored, they probably are. If you are in danger, please read and follow this advice on using the Internet, Email & Instant Messaging, and Computers. Content Detail

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    National Network to End Domestic Violence
  • 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
  • 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
  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    Information about Domestic Violence Read More

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    Legal Services Alabama
  • Petition For Protection From Abuse

    You can use this form to petition an Alabama court for Protection From Abuse. Please read the information at Legal Actions to Get Protection From Abuse (linked on this page) before filling out this form. (You must have a PDF reader on your computer to open this document. To get Adobe’s PDF Reader, click on the Get Adobe Reader icon to download.) Read More

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    Alabama Administrative Office of Courts
  • Public Benefits for Battered Immigrant Women and Children

    Who are qualified immigrants? What benefits can qualified immigrants get? How do battered immigrants become qualified immigrants? What benefits are available to all immigrants? Read this information for answers to these questions and more. (You must have a PDF reader on your computer to open this document. To get Adobe’s PDF Reader, click on the Get Adobe Reader icon to download.) Content Detail

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    Legal Momentum
  • Questions and Answers: Battered Spouses, Children and Parents Under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

    What if my Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, widow(er), or special immigrant, is denied? Can a man file a petition for himself under the Violence Against Women Act? Do I have to remain married to my abusive spouse until my Form I-360 is approved? Can a divorced spouse seek relief by filing a Form I-360? What if my abusive U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident spouse or parent (or U.S. Citizen son or daughter) filed a Form I-360, Petition for Alien Relative, on my behalf, which is still pending or was withdrawn? Read this page for answers to these questions and more information. Content Detail

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    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services