Did you know that one out of three women is abused at some point in her life?
Making matters even worse, about 4,000 women die each year due to domestic violence (Domestic Abuse Shelter).
If you're being subjected to abuse -- whether it's physical, sexual, mental or emotional -- what are some ways you can seek relief?
A restraining order is a court order that is designed to protect you from being physically abused, threatened, stalked or harassed. This order is a legal remedy for both women and men who are suffering.
Some people are afraid of obtaining a restraining order; they would rather deal with the abuse over trying to get the order of protection, particularly if they feel the order would set an abuser over the edge.
Others feel like a restraining order is melodramatic and unnecessary.
However, you need to change the way you think about this legal process. Eventually, the abuse will get to that "point of no return," and it becomes imperative for you to take action against the violence.
Nneka MacGregor is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Centre for Social Justice, better known as the Womenatthecentre. In this segment, Nneka lays out the process for obtaining a restraining order, as well as shares the reasons why it may become necessary.