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What Is the New Cell Phone Domestic Violence Law?

Domestic violence situations are some of the most sensitive situations handled under the law. If you have been a victim of domestic violence, you know how tough it is to get completely away from your abuser. One way many abusive partners maintain control over their victims is through their cell phones. You probably have a cell phone under a plan. If your plan is in the name of your abuser, it allows him or her to maintain contact with you and even find out where you are at any given time. According to the Tennessee State Courts, lawmakers recently passed a law that makes it easier for victims to seek their independence through their cell phones.

This new law allows you to get an order from the court to have your phone separated from the current plan. This allows you to take your phone and your number to your own plan where your abuser no longer can have access to it. He or she cannot use location services to know where you are, which helps keep you safe and allows you to really get away.

You may take advantage of this new law when you file for a protection order. You check a box on the form and the court will enact the order. It orders the cell phone provider to make the change. You will get the paperwork to give to your provider. After you get the order, you can take your phone and your existing number to any provider and get your own account. This information is for education and is not legal advice.