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I am really sorry for wht's happening to your daughter.
Q. What state is she in?
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Your daughter's husband cannot lock your daughter out of the house nor can he decide to change the locks. It is the marital home, regardless of whose name is XXXXX XXXXX title and she has every right to live there as he does.
I am surprised that they discharged him from the hospital, also under those conditions. I gather that your daughter never called the police when her husband would make those threats because she would not be living in a camper right now. Every County in every State has a Legal Aid Society, but even if they didn't she could have filed the charges with the District Attorney's Office.
It's still not too late to file those charges. Some states have a special division in the District Attorney''s Office called "Protection from Abuse"; different states might have a slight variation in the name but the purpose and service is the same. Your daughter wil get a "Protection from Abuse" Order following a hearing during which she will tell the Judge exactly what she and her daughter have had to endure and that her husband is not only a danger to them, but also to himself. If he doesn't care about himself, he's certainly not going to care what he does to your daughter.
If your daughter doesn't care about her own safety and does not want to pursue this, which right now is her only avenue for relief, she should do it for her daughter who will grow up traumatized by what she has seen and will suffer irreparable emotional, psychological and mental damage.
The Protection from Abuse Order will provide that her husband maintain a certain distance (usually expressed in yards, i.e., 2,000 yards which is over 1 mile) from her residence and place of employment, should she choose to work, and not have any direct or indirect contact with her by any means or person (telepheone, cell phone, texting, letter, friends, relatives, associates, etc.).
If he violates the Order, he can be held in Contempt of Court and sent to jail for up to 6 months and he will not like it there because inmates do not tolerate wife beaters and they don't treat them very well.
Additionally, under these circumstances, the Judge will almost certainly give her exclusive occupancy of the house and he will not be able to go any where near it. During that time, she should be able to think clearly and determine which way she wants to go; in any event and depending on how old their daughter is, she should get her counseling so this does not stay with her all her life.
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You're ver welcome Sandie,
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