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Criminal No Contact Orders and Civil Protection Orders

A lot of what we know about the law we learn from television. Read this information about domestic abuse and the orders that protect victims.

Denying Housing to Survivors of Domestic Violence May Violate Fair Housing Laws

It is hard enough for anyone to find decent affordable housing. Finding housing may be even harder for women who are survivors of domestic violence. Why would this be?

Domestic Abuse and the Law

Iowa Legal Aid's printed booklet, "Domestic Abuse and the Law," printed September 2017.

How Can I Get a Civil Protection Order?

A civil domestic abuse action is started by filing a petition with the Clerk of Court, asking for protection from domestic abuse. A victim can have an attorney file the petition for her. A domestic abuse victim can also file a petition themselves by using forms available from the Clerk of Court.

How Do the Police Protect Victims of Domestic Abuse?

Often, police or other law enforcement officers respond to calls for help and have contact with domestic abuse victims in their homes. The Domestic Abuse Act requires these peace officers to protect victims of domestic abuse and enforce the law. The Domestic Abuse Act requires peace officers to do very specific things.

How Immigration Laws Impact Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence

The Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”) was passed. In 2000, Congress expanded VAWA’s and created two new kinds of visas for people who are neither immigrants nor citizens, and are victims of certain crimes of violence.

How Social Media Can Be Used Against People in Family Law Cases

What people put on social media websites can end up being used in unexpected ways. Being aware of the potential risks can help you avoid adding content that could cause problems down the road.

Internet Safety

There are hundreds of ways that computers record everything you do on the computer or Internet.

Iowa's Domestic Violence Firearm Law

Iowa law restricts firearm possession by someone who has a domestic abuse conviction or restraining order against them.

Is There Help for Expenses from Domestic Abuse?

A claim can be made under the Crime Victim Compensation program. This is a program which provides compensation (money) to victims of violent crimes.

Landlord Notices of Clear and Present Danger-Protections for Victims of Domestic or Sex Abuse

In Iowa, a landlord can evict a tenant if the landlord feels the tenant is creating a situation which places others in danger. This article explains Iowa's "clear and present danger" law.

Legal Aid Helps Women Experiencing Violence

Iowa Legal Aid helps clients who experience intimate partner violence (IPV). Iowa Legal Aid gives civil legal help in family law, including protective orders, divorce, and custody.

Personal Privacy And Safety When Online

Computer use can be monitored and an abuser may be able to see what websites the victim is viewing, including domestic violence advocacy sites and legal information sites like Iowa Legal Aid’s website. Adapted from information prepared by the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence and used with permission.

Questions and Answers About Domestic Abuse and Protective Orders

These common questions and answers about domestic abuse and protective orders provide a summary of Iowa law.

Safe at Home Program

Safe at Home is a program that will give its participants a new address to use as a mailing address and for public records.

Sexual Assault and Civil Legal Remedies

Sexual assault can happen in many different ways. Rape is one form of sexual assault. There are many other forms that it may take. Here are questions and answers about civil legal remedies in this area of the law.

Teens Rights in Your Dating Relationship

You have many rights in your relationship with your girlfriend or boyfriend, including the right to say no to sex or anything you don?t want to do. You have the right not to be abused.

Teens: The Healthy Relationship Quiz

Take the "Healthy Relationship Quiz" to find out if your relationship is as healthy as you deserve.

The Criminal Process in Domestic Abuse Cases

Any victim of a crime can file a criminal complaint against their assailant by contacting the police and making the complaint. A victim of domestic abuse has that same right. In the criminal context, the decision about whether someone is charged or what charges will be brought is up to the county attorney. The victim does not control the process.

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