Avoid abuse by getting a protective order


After being acquitted on murder charges earlier this year, the same man is back in jail waiting to appear before a judge. The 30-year-old individual was arrested again on Nov. 18, after his girlfriend made a 911 call for assistance. Virginia residents who are victims ofdomestic abuse should fight this crime by considering taking appropriate legal action, in the form of a protective order, to remove an abuser from their household and prevent access to it.

According to the girlfriend, the man, who was a former captain in the neighborhood watch organization, allegedly threatened her with a weapon during an argument. When she asked him to leave, he started breaking items in her house. She was then allegedly pushed out of the house that they have been sharing since the man left his wife. He barricaded the door from inside to prevent her from entering. When police arrived they were forced to push the obstacles away from the door to get access to the house.

While the police were attempting to enter the house, the man made a 911 call and told the operator that he wanted everybody to be aware of the fact that his pregnant girlfriend had gone crazy. He maintained that she instigated the argument and must have seen the firearm when he was packing it; he did not threaten her. He agreed to speak to an officer and offered no resistance when he was arrested. Police were seen removing evidence from the house later that night.

The man was charged with criminal mischief and domestic violence, as well as felony charges of aggravated assault, where he will be held without bond. To attempt avoiding circumstances like this, any person is free to obtain a protective order against the abusing partner. However, if any abuse has taken place, a person may file a claim of assault as well as personal injury at a Virginia court. Keep in mind assault is not necessarily a physical act as verbal abuse also qualifies.

Source: ABC News, George Zimmerman Charged With Aggravated Assault, Seni TIienabeso and Christina NG, Nov. 18, 2013

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