Thursday, August 23, 2007

Basics on Domestic Abuse & Harassment

***UNDER CONSTRUCTION***

What is Domestic Abuse?

How to get a court Order for Protection?

What is Harassment?

How to get a Harassment Restraining Order from the court?

What is Child Abuse and Neglect?

How to protect a child from abuse or neglect?

What is Domestic Abuse?

Minnesota has a law called the Domestic Abuse Act, which is found at Minnesota Statute Chapter 518B. That law defines domestic abuse as one of the following acts committed by a family or household member against another family or household member:

A family or household member is one of the following:

  • spouse or former spouse;
  • persons involved in a significant romantic or sexual relationship;
  • parents and children;
  • persons related by blood;
  • persons living together or who have lived together in the past;
  • persons who have or had a child in common (born or in utero), regardless of whether they were living together or ever married.

How to get a court Order for Protection?

What is Harassment?

Harassment is Under Minn. Stat.609.748, harassment is defined as:

  • a single incident of physical or sexual assault;
  • repeated incidents of intrusive or unwanted acts, words, or gestures that have a substantial adverse effect or are intended to have a substantial adverse effect on the safety, security or privacy of another (e.g., repeated phone calls, following a person, repeatedly coming to the Petitioner’s home after been told not to do so);
  • targeted residential picketing;
  • a pattern of attending public events after being notified that one's presence is harassing to another.

regardless of the relationship between Petitioner and Respondent

Note: The Respondent includes any adults or juveniles alleged to have engaged in harassment or organizations alleged to have sponsored or promoted harassment.

Note: The Petitioner does not have to have had a relationship with the Respondent. Orders can be obtained for adult and/or on behalf of minor children if there have been incidents of harassment to the Petitioner and/or the children.

NOTE: A harassment restraining order is a matter handled in civil court and is based on the request of a petitioner seeking protection. A "No Contact Order" is issued from a judge in a criminal case that orders the criminal defendant not to have contact with someone.

How to get a Harassment Restraining Order from the court?

What is Child Abuse and Neglect?

Laws on child protection in Minnesota are found at Minnesota Statute Chapter 260C.

How to protect a child from abuse or neglect?

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