First, please allow me to explain how filing a criminal case works and then we will discuss options.CRIMINALLY
Once you file a criminal complaint
with the police, they may investigate
. This is true even if you tell them not to. This is because the state has the right to bring a criminal charge against someone even if the complaining witness (i.e. you) does not wish it. If the police deem this serious enough to investigate, I am afraid that she WOULD find out about the complaint. She would be asked to be interviewed by the police to get her own version of the story. Once the police get all the facts, they would pass it on to the prosecutor who would make a decision whether or not to charge her criminally. But going back to the investigation part, she would be warned to stay away from you.
If a criminal matter is pursued, the criminal court normally orders a restraining order on her for you.CIVILLY
In addition, one has the option of civil action
. One can simply get a restraining order - see here
. This can be filed at your closest court.
OR, one can PURSUE her for civil liability
under intentional infliction of emotional distress
and civil assault/battery
, and get a restraining order from the court while the suit is pending.
So these are your overall options. Please let me know if you have any specific questions about any of this.
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