How can a protective order help me?

The purpose of a protective order is to prevent future assaults by your partner. The protective order will usually make it illegal for him to be near you, your children, your home, your workplace, and your children's school. Then you can call the police for help when he is where he is not supposed to be and the police can intervene before he assaults you or your children again.

A protective order may order your abuser to:

  • Stop committing acts of family or dating violence.
  • Stop communicating with you or a family member.
  • Stop threatening you or a family member.
  • Stay away from your home or place of employment.
  • Stay away from a school or day center that a child protected under the order attends.
  • Complete a battering intervention and prevention program.
  • Attend mandatory counseling.
  • Not remove your child from your possession or from the jurisdiction of the court or to allow you visitation with your child.
  • Stop any transfer or disposal of property.
  • Stop any other behavior designed to harass, annoy, abuse, or embarrass you.
  • Pay child or spousal support for a period of up to two years.
  • Leave your home or other specified property (if certain conditions are met).
  • Turn over any firearms in his/her possession to law enforcement (unless the person is a peace officer actively engaged in employment as a sworn, full-time paid employee of a state agency).
  • Perform any other acts that are necessary to prevent or reduce the likelihood of family or dating violence.

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1. What is a protective order?
2. How can a protective order help me?
3. Who is eligible for a protective order?
4. What does it cost to get a protective order?
5. What types of protective orders are available?
6. What is a Magistrate's Order of Emergency Protection? How long does it last?
7. What is a Temporary Ex Parte Order? How long does it last?
8. What is a Permanent (Or Final) Protective Order? How long does it last?