Ohio residents may benefit from learning more about the state provisions governing domestic violence offenses. Judges presiding over cases involving domestic violence or child abuse may allow the victim to receive an ex parte order, meaning that the perpetrator does not have to be present for a judgment to be levied against them. This scenarios typically occur when the victim is petitioning to receive relief from offenses committed by the respondent.
Petitioners who filed an ex parte motion may have their hearing held on the same very same day. The courts may grant a temporary protection order immediately in an effort to provide relief and prevent any further abuse from occurring. In order to receive the temporary protection order, the victim must be under the threat of an immediate and present danger. There are several scenarios that may compel a judge to consider a respondent as being an immediate and present danger to the petitioner.