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Información Legal: Islas Vírgenes de los Estados Unidos

Restraining Orders

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7 de diciembre de 2020

What protections can I get in a domestic violence restraining order?

Both a temporary restraining order) and a permanent restraining order) can:

1. order the abuser:

  • to not commit any act of domestic violence against you, as defined here;
  • to have no contact with you;
  • to stay away from your home, workplace, business, or school;
  • not to harass you or your relatives in any way;
  • to give you possession of the home and exclude the abuser from the home (if you both jointly own or lease the home); if the abuser is the sole owner or lessee, s/he can still be excluded from the home if s/he has a duty to support you or your children who are living in the home – or, if you both agree, the abuser can provide you with alternate (other) housing;
  • not to sell or get rid of property that you own or lease together;
  • to be escorted into your home to get his/her things by a police officer or marshal (or you can be escorted by the police to remove your personal belongings);
  • to pay you for any losses you have suffered as a result of the domestic violence (including paying money you lost due to injuries, moving expenses, your attorney’s fees, and loss of earnings); and/or
  • to seek counseling or attend a batterers’ treatment program; and

2. grant you:

  • temporary child custody (and establish visitation rights while taking necessary steps to protect the safety of you and your children);
  • temporary child support;
  • temporary possession of any personal property you need (such as car, checkbook, keys, etc.).1

Whether the judge orders these things or not depends on the facts of your case.

1 VI ST T. 16 §§ 97(b); 98(b)