Not every relationship is smooth sailing. In fact, most of us have to go through some amount of disagreement while we figure out how to communicate with a partner in a romantic relationship. This is especially true when people are trying to figure out how to live together in a long-term domestic situation.
While many couples are able to figure each other out over time, either on their own or with the help of couple's therapy, this is not the case for every couple. Some situations end up devolving into domestic violence, where one partner abuses the other.
In such cases, abused partners may elect to leave and seek protection under the law. This is where criminal protective orders come into play. What are they and how do they work? Is it difficult to obtain a protective order? Here are a few things you need to know if you find yourself suffering a domestic violence scenario.