A person who is at least 18 years of age or is otherwise emancipated and is the victim of abuse or has reasonable cause to believe he or she is in imminent danger of becoming a victim of any act of abuse may petition for a Protection From Abuse Order.
A victim is an individual who is related in any of the following ways to the person who commits an act of abuse:
Has a current or former marriage, including common law marriage, with the defendant.
Has a child in common with the defendant regardless of whether the victim and defendant have ever been married and regardless of whether they are currently residing or have in the past resided together in the same household.
Has or had a dating relationship with the defendant. A dating relationship does not include a casual or business relationship or a relationship that ended more than 12 months prior to the filing of the petition for a protection order.
Is a current or former household member. For purposes of this chapter, a household member excludes non-romantic or non-intimate co-residents.
A relative of a current or former household member who also lived with the defendant.
VICTIM. An individual who is related in any of the following ways to the person who commits an act of abuse:
a. Has a current or former marriage, including common law marriage, with the defendant.
b. Has a child in common with the defendant regardless of whether the victim and defendant have ever been married and regardless of whether they are currently residing or have in the past resided together in the same household.
c. Has or had a dating relationship with the defendant. A dating relationship does not include a casual or business relationship or a relationship that ended more than 12 months prior to the filing of the petition for a protection order.
d. Is a current or former household member. For purposes of this chapter, a “household member” excludes non-romantic or non-intimate co-residents.
e. A relative of a current or former household member as defined in paragraph d. who also lived with the defendant.
f. An individual who is a parent, stepparent, child, or stepchild.
g. An individual who is a grandparent, step-grandparent, grandchild, or step-grandchild.
A petition for a protection order may be filed in any of the following locations:
Where the plaintiff or defendant resides.
Where the plaintiff is temporarily located if he or she has left his or her residence to avoid further abuse.
Where the abuse occurred.
Where a civil matter is pending before the court in which the plaintiff and the defendant are opposing parties.
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State Resources for Victims
If you are in an emergency call 9-1-1!
For Local Resources Call 2-1-1
Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE or Text “START” to 8888
Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
YMCA Domestic Violence Hotline: (205) 322-HURT (4878)
Crisis Services Helpline (256) 716-1000 or 1-800-691-8426
AshaKiran: They help foreign-born individuals experiencing crises throughout the state of Alabama. 1-800-793-3010
National Resources for Victims
NATIONAL CRISIS ORGANIZATIONS AND ASSISTANCE:
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Dating Abuse Helpline
National Child Abuse Hotline/Childhelp
National Sexual Assault Hotline
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
National Center for Victims of Crime
National Human Trafficking Resource Center/Polaris Project
Call: 1-888-373-7888 | Text: HELP to BeFree (233733)
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
National Coalition for the Homeless
Futures Without Violence: The National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence
National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health
1-312-726-7020 ext. 2011
National Runaway Safeline
1-800-RUNAWAY or 1-800-786-2929
Domestic Violence Initiative
(303) 839-5510/ (877) 839-5510
WOMEN OF COLOR
Women of Color Network
Casa de Esperanza
Linea de crisis 24-horas/24-hour crisis line
National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities
The National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project
National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center
Asian and Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence
Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV)
The Black Church and Domestic Violence Institute
Childhelp USA/National Child Abuse Hotline
Children’s Defense Fund
Child Welfare League of America
National Council on Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Child Protection and Custody/Resource Center on Domestic Violence
Love is respect
Break the Cycle
LESBIAN, BI-SEXUAL, GAY, TRANSGENDER, GENDER NON-CONFORMING
The Audre Lorde Project
LAMBDA GLBT Community Services
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse
ABUSE IN LATER LIFE
National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life
National Center for Elder Abuse
National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS)
A Call to Men
Men Stopping Violence
Battered Women’s Justice Project
National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women
1-800-903-0111 x 3
Legal Network for Gender Equity
Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project