Domestic violence claims the lives of hundreds of women each year. It is important that anyone, male or female, report abuse to the police immediately. They may be able to find a shelter for you and your children. If a shelter is unavailable, look for housing with a friend or relative. It is important to get out of a violent relationship before it reaches the fatal stage. Many states have passed laws which require the police to arrest one or both spouses if either seems to have hurt the other. There may be a mandatory cool down period. You may seek an injunction or court order to have your spouse removed from the home and which requires them to keep a certain physical distance. You may also want to use the anti-stalking law, if your state has one. *
*The information in this message is general and should not substitute for the advice and counsel of a licensed attorney.