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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FAQ #15


15. What evidence shall I bring to court?

•        Testimony of a witnesses;
•        Clothing that was ripped;
•        Photographs of bruises, cuts, or other injuries inflicted;
•        Copies of threatening letters or emails from respondent;
•        Medical records documenting domestic violence; or
•        Police reports.

Sometimes people make the mistake of not adequately preparing for the hearing. It is very difficult and
expensive to appeal a decision once it is made. If someone is filing a restraining order against you, it is a
good idea to seek legal representation. A DVPA order may have far reaching consequences. You may
lose your job, if you work in certain occupations, or may not be able to apply for certain licenses. It can
be trying for even the most experienced attorney to gather evidence in the short periods of time
necessary for the hearing. You should subpoena any third party witnesses to the domestic violence as
soon as possible, especially police officers. If the police officers do not bring evidence that you subpoena
to the hearing, it may be necessary to ask the court to continue the hearing and re-issue the TRO.
                                                


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