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