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Keeping Safe Before, During & After Court


After you have left an abusive relationship, there may be many occasions where you will have to see the abuser in court to deal with a protection order, custody, child support, divorce, or criminal proceedings.  Since you are in a courthouse surrounded by people and even court officers, you may feel like it is okay to let your guard down.  However, please remember that anytime you come into contact with the abuser, you have to take steps to protect yourself.  Here are some tips to help keep you as safe as possible.

 

Following these suggestions (often known as a safety plan) can't guarantee your safety, but it could help make you safer.  However, it is important that you create a safety plan that is right for you.  Not all of these suggestions will work for everyone, and some could even place you in greater danger.  You have to do what you think is best to keep yourself and your children safe.

 

(Material provided by WomensLaw.org).

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This site is not intended to replace the need for counselling. The information provided is intended to inform the viewer, giving information to help you be informed to make the best decision possible for you and your family. Please, always seek professional help and legal advice if you find yourself in an abusive situation.