Yes. You need only go to the courthouse in your county and file a petition for a Domestic Violence injunction (DVI). The judge will review your petition and determine if sufficient evidence exists to grant a temporary injunction, and if so, he will issue a temporary DVI. You must then attend a DVI hearing in which you (the petitioner) and your husband (the respondent) each present testimony on your behalves. The judge will then decide whether to grant a permanent injunction. "Permanent" does not mean necessarily mean "forever," but in some cases, it can.
Many of my clients walk into court with unrealistic expectations: The court is only concerned with violence and the threat of violence, not dividing up property or determining long-term custody rights. Such matters are left to divorce court. As one of my favorite judges has said, "We do emergency surgery here, not reconstructive surgery." Think stitches, not heart transplants.
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