Domestic Abuse & Restraining Order Milwaukee Divorce Attorneys

Wisconsin Divorce Lawyers Working to Protect Your Family from Domestic Violence

Gamiño Law Offices, LLC Waukesha and Milwaukee, WI domestic abuse, injunction and restraining order attorneys are dedicated to keeping men, women, children and families safe from domestic violence or other harassment or abuse.  Temporary restraining orders and permanent injunctions can provide important protection to those people subject to abuse by a spouse, parent, boyfriend, girlfriend or other individual. However, restraining orders pursued without merit can also be very harmful, especially when used to gain an unfair advantage in a divorce or child custody or placement matter.  Our attorneys have successfully pursued, and defended against, the issuance of restraining orders and injunctions. When someone is being threatened or abused, or is facing accusations of abuse, we take action in Wisconsin courts.  Our lawyers understand that everyone's situation is different.  No one deserves violence, and we fight to protect our clients and their families safe from harm and from the stigma of domestic violence.
1.  What is a restraining order?
A restraining order is a court order that prohibits behavior or contact by the person against whom the restraining order is granted. 

2.  What kinds of restraining orders are available in Wisconsin?
  • ​Domestic Abuse
A Petition for Temporary Restraining Order and/or Petition and Motion for Injunction Hearing (Domestic Abuse) may generally be requested by a victim if an adult has intentionally caused physical pain, injury or illness to him or her; has impaired his or her the physical condition; has sexually abused him or her; or threatened to physically or sexually harm him or her; if the victim has one of the following relationships with the abuser:  the victim and the abuser are related by blood; the victim has been married to the person who abused them; the victim and the abuser have a child together; the victim and abuser have lived together, are living together, or are dating; the victim receives in home or community care from the person who abused them; the victim is under the guardianship of the person who abused them; or if the petitioner is the guardian of the person being abused by someone meeting those criteria.
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  • Harassment
A ​Petition for Temporary Restraining Order and/or Petition and Motion for Injunction Hearing (Harassment) may generally be requested on by a victim or on behalf of a victim of harassment.  Harassment means: striking, shoving, kicking or otherwise subjecting a person to physical contact, or attempting or threatening to do so; or  engaging in, threatening, or attempting to engage in , an act of child abuse, sexual assault or stalking; or engaging in a course of conduct or repeatedly committing acts which harass or intimidate another and which serves no legitimate purpose.

  • Individuals at Risk
A Petition for Temporary Restraining Order and/or Injunction (Individual at Risk) may generally be filed by, or on behalf of, an individual at risk, defined as: an adult who has a physical or mental condition that substantially impairs his/her ability to care for his/her needs, or is a person age 60 or older, and who has experienced, is experiencing or is at risk of experiencing ​physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, treatment without consent, unreasonable confinement or restraint, neglect, self-neglect, or financial exploitation by someone who has, or may, interfere with an investigation, delivery of services or protective services or placement.

  • Child Abuse
​A Petition for Temporary Restraining Order and/or Petition and Motion for Injunction Hearing (Child Abuse) may generally be filed by a child, parent, stepparent, legal guardian, or guardian-ad-litem on behalf of a child who has had physical injury inflicted upon him or her by other than accidental means; sexual intercourse, or sexual contact, or been sexually exploited; been permitted, allowed, or encouraged to violate prostitution laws; forced to view sexually explicit activity; genital or public areas exposed; or suffered emotional damage.

3.  How long are restraining orders and injunctions valid in Wisconsin?

- Temporary Restraining Orders - last up to 90 days
- Domestic Abuse
  • Temporary Restraining Order - lasts up to 14 days, until the final hearing,          and can be extended for 14 more days under certain circumstances.
  • Injunction - lasts up to 4 years, and can be extended for 4 more.
​- ​Harassment
  • Temporary Restraining Order - lasts up to 14 days, until the final hearing, and can be extended for 14 more days under certain circumstances.
  • Injunction - lasts up to 4 years.
​- Individuals at Risk
  • Temporary Restraining Order - lasts up to 14 days, until the final hearing, and can be extended for 14 more days under certain circumstances.
  • Injunction - lasts up to 4 years, and can be extended for up to 2 more years.
​- Child Abuse
  • Temporary Restraining Order - lasts up to 14 days, until the final hearing, and can be extended for 14 more days under certain circumstances.
  • Injunction - lasts up to 2 years, and can be entended for 2 more; or until the child victim turns age 18, whichever comes first.
For a free initial consultation with a dedicated Wisconsin lawyer doing their best to help with your Milwaukee divorce or family law concerns in Wisconsin, contact Gamiño Law Offices, LLC in Milwaukee or Waukesha, WI. We also have criminal defense lawyers available to help with any of your other legal needs.
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Additional resources: victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence:

National Domestic Violence Hotline  
1-800-799-SAFE

National Sexual Assault Hotline
1-800-656-HOPE

Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence
1-608-255-0539

Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault
1-608-257-1516

​Sojourner Family Peace Center (Milwaukee)
1-414-276-1911

Sojourner Truth House (Milwaukee)
1-414-933-2722

Task Force on Family Violence (Milwaukee)
1-414-276-1911

UMOS Latina Resource Center (Milwaukee)
1-414-389-6500

Hope House (Milwaukee) 
1-414-645-2122

Family Support Center (Milwaukee)
1-414-385-0854

Women's Crisis Line/Milwaukee Women's Center
1-414-671-6140

Pathfinders Youth Shelter (Milwaukee)
1-414-271-1560

Guest House (Milwaukee)
1-414-345-3240

The Cathedral Center (Milwaukee)
1-414-831-0394

Salvation Army Emergency Lodge (Milwaukee)
1-414-265-6360

Joy House (Milwaukee)
1-414-344-3774

Safe Harbor (Milwaukee)
1-414-935-0200

Casa Maria (Milwaukee)
1-414-344-5745

La Causa (Milwaukee)
1-414-902-1500

Daystar (Milwaukee)
1-414-385-0334

People Against Domestic Abuse (Jefferson)
1-800-228-7232

WoMen and Children's Horizons/Pathways of Courage (Kenosha)
1-800-594-5272

Advocates of Ozaukee (Ozaukee County)
1-877-375-4034

Women's Resource Center (Racine)
1-262-633-3274

Association for the Prevention of Family Violence (Walworth)
1-262-723-8367

Friends of Abused Families (Washington County)
1-262-334-7298

The Women's Center Inc. (Waukesha)
1-888-542-3828

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