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Cindy Best
Domestic Violence Day: Emergency Order of Protection

If you need emergency relief on weekends, at night or on legal holidays you may need an Emergency Order of Protection.¬† If needed follow the following steps: Contact your local law enforcement agency and file a complaint. Law enforcement will review the situation and determine whether a domestic violence situation exists. After the police officer…

Cindy Best
Domestic Violence Awareness Month: What Exactly Is Domestic Violence

If you don’t know baseball, I apologize in advance for this analogy. A long time ago when I coached baseball, I tried to teach the players to tag up when there was a fly ball to the outfield. As the ball would fly to the outfield, I started yelling “tag up!” I could not understand…

Cindy Best
Domestic Violence Day: Filing An Order Of Protection

Why do we need a day for this? Because domestic violence is epidemic in our country and in Maricopa County and it crosses all lines of race, status, money, professions, geography, age, sex, religion, education, house size, and any other characteristic. If you are a victim, there is help, you are not alone and it…

Cindy Best
Domestic Violence Awareness Month: No Woman is an Island

If you find yourself in an abusive relationship, you are not alone. There is help for you and it is not your fault. Abusive relationships kind of creep up on you. It never starts out day one with abuse. No one would stick around for that. But it starts with promises, love, devotion, and care…

Cindy Best
Domestic Violence Awareness Month: The Courts Can Help Protect You From Domestic Violence

Orders Of Protection There are four different types of Orders that may be filed: Order of Protection Emergency Order of Protection Injunction Against Harassment Injunction Against Workplace Harassment.   Relevant orders pertaining to domestic violence are the Order of Protection, Emergency Order of Protection or an injunction Against Harassment. What Is An¬†Orders Of Protection? Protection…

Cindy Best
Domestic Violence Awareness Month: All My Life’s A Circle, Sunrise and Sundown

You might be too young to know those lyrics of the song made popular by Pete Seeger, Judy Collins and Harry Chapin and others. But if you remember it, you know it fits a relationship of abuse. The circle of abuse goes round and round and it is hard to get off and get out….

Cindy Best
Domestic Violence Awareness Month: The Impact Of Domestic Violence On Decision-Making Determinations

Although courts should consider evidence of domestic violence at every point in decision-making and visitation negotiations, there is no guarantee that judges will do so. Women often report that violence plays a significant role in divorce proceedings, specifically regarding the issues of decision-making, visitation and child support. Partner violence is a factor in anywhere from…

Cindy Best
Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Leaving on a Jet Plane

If you are in an abusive relationship, you are not alone, you are not at fault, and there is help for you. When you make the decision to leave, it is wise to plan; unless you leave in the midst of an altercation or incident to save yourself from being hurt. There are obvious times…

Cindy Best
Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Impact of Domestic Violence on Children

Often times families are under the misconception that a perpetrator of domestic violence is not dangerous to children. They are. Domestic violence in a home with children will impact their lives forever. These facts demonstrate the need for parents, families, communities and the courts to know about and understand domestic violence. Children whose mothers are…

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