Being served with a Domestic Violence Injunction is an event that you should definitely be concerned about. There are several important legal issues surrounding a domestic violence injunction that need to be understood in order to avoid violating the injunction. Some of the most important legal issues to understand deal with the no contact order, the possession of a residence, recovery of personal effects, and custody of children. It is very important to contact a lawyer immediately if you are served with a domestic violence injunction so that they can walk you through the important issues.
If you are served with a domestic violence injunction it will always come with a no contact order. The no contact order is possibly the most important part of an injunction to understand. Many people accidently violate the terms of an injunction because they do not fully understand all of the different types of contact that are prohibited. A no contact order almost always comes with the order to not have any third party contact.
Third party contact is when the person who was served with the injunction (the respondent) asks someone else to relay a message to the person who is protected by the injunction (the petitioner). A common example is when the respondent asks a friend or relative to pass a message on to the petitioner. A court could even find a violation of third party contact from a respondent sending a neighbor to pick up clothes from the petitioner's residence. Some additional examples of third party contact to avoid are posting about the petitioner on social media sites, sending texts or emails, or even passing messages through children.