You can ask the city or county attorney to file a criminal complaint. You also have the right to go to court and file a petition requesting and Order for Protection from domestic abuse. The order would include the following:
- an order restraining the abuser from further acts of abuse;
- an order directing the abuser to leave your household;
- an order preventing the abuser from entering your home (or a reasonable area around your home), school, business or place of employment;
- an order awarding you or the other parent custody of/or visitation of your minor child or children; or
- an order directing the abuser to pay support to you and the minor of the abuser has a court order to do so.
You also have the right to notification if prosecution of the case is declined or criminal charges are dismissed.
Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education
The Aurora Center helps people who have experienced sexual assault, relationship violence, or stalking. Legal advocacy, counseling referrals, academic intervention, and a support group are free and confidential. The center also offers help in filing police reports, getting medical attention, and filing restraining orders. Advocacy services are available 24 hours, seven days a week. Educational programs are offered on sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and date rape drugs. Each fall, a one-hour program educates about 5,000 entering freshman and their parents on these issues.
For information on sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking call 612-626-2929 or see (www.umn.edu/aurora). The 24-hour crisis line number is 612-626-9111.