Domestic Violence Attorneys in Ypsilanti, Michigan
Domestic violence continues to be a major problem in our country. Close personal relationships have the potential for heated arguments and, unfortunately, violence. Domestic violence is a serious situation that affects families from all walks of life. Fortunately, there are several forms of protection in place that offer victims of domestic violence the mechanism to defend themselves and hold the other party accountable while they heal and look towards the future. If you are the victim of domestic violence in Michigan, it is important that you take the necessary steps to protect yourself. Collis, Griffor & Hendra has 30 years of experience representing clients throughout Michigan who need to obtain protection from a domestic abuser. Contact our office today to learn how we can assist you.
Types of Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is taken very seriously in the state of Michigan. Domestic relationships in Michigan can be between spouses, former spouses, people in current or former dating relationships, people who share children, and residents or former residents of the same household. Domestic violence can include various forms of abuse. These include, but are not limited to the following:
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Psychological abuse
- Economic abuse
Personal Protection Orders in Michigan
The state of Michigan offers various forms of protection for victims of abuse known as a personal protection order. There are two types of personal protection orders offered:
- A Domestic PPO is for people who are in domestic relationships, as listed above. If you wish to petition for this type of protection, you must show the court that your abuser has threatened violence against you or has committed acts of violence against you. You may also show that your personal freedom has been violated by this individual.
- A Stalking PPO can be issued in situations where someone who you are not in a domestic relationship with has committed two or more acts that involve harassment, threats, molestation, or make you feel otherwise frightened without your consent.
It is important to note that a minor child is not permitted to request a PPO against a parent. Additionally, adults may not request a PPO against a juvenile.
Any acts of domestic violence are treated as a crime in the state of Michigan. If you are a victim of domestic violence, you are permitted to press criminal charges against the abuser. If there is a personal protection order in place and your abuser violates this order, be sure to contact law enforcement immediately. In the event that an arrest is not made, you can request to file a “motion to show cause” in court, which may result in the abuser facing up to 93 days in jail and/or a maximum fine of $500.
Contact a Michigan Domestic Violence Attorney
We understand that when people go through a tough period in their lives, they need a champion to fight for their interests. If you are subject to violence or abuse, you should contact the authorities. Your next step should be to contact an experienced family law attorney at Collis, Griffor & Hendra who can effectively represent your interests. Contact the compassionate and knowledgeable legal team at Collis, Griffor & Hendra today to learn how we can help you get the protection you deserve.