Orders for protection (OFP) allow Minnesota spouses, family members, and roommates to limit their exposure to abusive individuals. Unfortunately, not all OFPs are pursued on honest grounds. Sometimes, alleged victims seek OFPs in hopes of unfairly securing custody, or simply punishing former partners. These orders may last for up to two years, causing undue suffering on behalf of the wrongful recipient.

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The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that a shocking twenty people are abused by intimate partners every twenty minutes. Domestic violence is more common than the average person suspects, but it’s easy to see why it seems so rare — very few victims are willing to speak out.
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Domestic abuse involves a statutory definition and process associated with obtaining an Order for Protection. Here is a quick guide on those issues: Abuse: Physical harm, assault or infliction of fear of imminent physical harm among family members. Process: Alleged victim submits papers to judge, outlining what happened. If court believes act of abuse occurred, Order for Protection is issued. Alleged aggressor may dispute issuance of Order, and request a hearing. If alleged victim proves case, Order up to two years may issue. If case not proven, …

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