If the person who abused you gets probation, the judge might release them with conditions.
If the person who abused you tells the judge they are not guilty, then there will likely be a trial. You will have to be a witness at the trial, but there are several things the courts can do to make you more comfortable when you appear as a witness.
The person might have to go to jail for a few hours until the bail hearing or maybe longer depending on what the judge decides.
If you are afraid for your safety, ask the police to notify you before the person is let out of jail.
You may be able to speak to the judge from behind a screen or from another room by closed-circuit television so that you do not have to see the person who abused you.
You may also be able to have a support person near you while you testify.
A national survey found that ten percent of teens, female and male, had been the victims of physical dating violence within the past year and can increase the risk of physical injury, poor academic performance, binge drinking, suicide attempts, unhealthy sexual behaviors, substance abuse, negative body image and self-esteem, and violence in future relationships.
If an emergency protection order is not available, you may be able to get a peace bond.
If the person who abused you pleads guilty to a criminal offence, the judge will decide on a sentence. The person who abused you might also have to get counselling. In deciding on a sentence, the judge will consider many things.
The order might make the person abusing you leave the family home for a period of time.
You can ask police or victims services for information on how to go about this.
If you are afraid of being hurt when the person is released from jail, you may want to find a safe place to stay such as with a friend or at a shelter.