The Times West Virginian

July 28, 2013

Protective order tool to end fear: VIDEO

First step: Going to magistrate court

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — If you’re living in fear of your safety, there’s protection available to you.

You can file a petition for an emergency domestic violence protective order at the Marion County magistrate court.

Being an emergency, “It goes into effect immediately when you walk out the door,” said magistrate Mark Hayes. “We don’t say, ‘File these papers and we’ll see you in a week.’”

He said about 190 such orders have been give this year, consistent at this point with the 360 for all of 2012.

An emergency protective order is a temporary court order that lasts for about 10 days designed to provide you and your family members with immediate protection from an abuser. To get an emergency order, the judge must believe that you or your children are in immediate danger of abuse.


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