Newspaper reports indicate that domestic violence cases are rising across the United States, including in the state of Tennessee. This type of act is traumatic for the victim, and it may affect his or her life, physically, emotionally and financially.
An Order of Protection gives victims of domestic violence protection from those who have abused them. Depending on the victim's circumstances, this order can force the other person to move out of the house, or pay for the rent for another place for the victim to live. It can also give the victim temporary custody of any children, or order the other person to pay for support. It is important to remember, however, that an Order of Protection does not protect children.