Keep your distance. Just because you're in the same room as your abuser does not mean you need to interact with him or her. Find a seat as far away from your abuser as you can. Don't feel obligated to look at, talk to, or generally engage with your abuser. The same goes for any of your abuser's family or friends who are present at the trial.
Use the buddy system. If you have a friend or relative who can accompany you to the trial, try to bring him or her along. It's always good to have someone with you for your safety and peace of mind. If you don't have anyone to join you, express any safety concerns to a bailiff or sheriff.
Report a restraining order violation -- even if it happens in court. If you have a restraining order in place and your abuser tries to sit near you or harass you, immediately report the violation to a court officer or call the police.
Prepare an exit strategy. At the end of the hearing, ask the judge, court officer or bailiff to detain the abuser until you can leave. Leave quickly. If you feel unsafe, request an escort from the courthouse.
After the hearing concludes, if you think the abuser is following you when you leave, do not hesitate to call for help. Err on the side of caution. If something feels "off" call the police immediately.