If you have been in an abusive situation, there is relief available. The Courts have a Petitionfor Relief from Domestic Abuse which may give you immediate relief by having the abuser removed and a restraining order put in place.
There will however still be a hearing set at a later date to determine if the protection will continue. This hearing has added importance if you have children because physical care, visitation and child support can be set at the hearing as well.
The elements that must be met to make the protection continue varies from state to state. It is very important to be represented to ensure that your rights are protected, your safety is ensured and you have a workable visitation and support order.