From a recent Avvo post:
I am 17, and when I attain 18, I will be moving out of my home. I wish to get a restraining order on my father, because I am afraid of what he will do. He is very controlling and I fear he will do something to me and the people who are involved in helping me leave…. I know I am just a kid and this is huge, but my dad used to abuse me and take things too far. I am just trying to protect my future and those around me from what he may do.
As I explained to this young person, control is not enough. It would have to be fear from harm. If past abuse makes this person fearful, that might work:Continue reading