Protective Orders

Orders of Protection

Protective Order (PDF)

  • A civil court order issued to prevent continuing acts of family violence. Family violence is defined as any act by one member of a family or household intended to physically harm another member, a serious threat of physical harm, or the abuse of a child.
  • It is intended to prevent the offending person from contacting you. A judge can order that the offending person (defendant) not contact you in person, by phone, in writing or other means and can order the defendant from contacting you at specific locations such as your residence, work, school or other locations. A judge can also order that the defendant surrender and / or not purchase firearms and ammunition.
  • Victims must remain cautious and have a personal safety plan. It is not an order for temporary child custody for the purpose of preventing a parent from seeing children, unless the children are endangered. It is not on order for visitation.

Injunction Against Harassment

Protective Order (PDF)

  • A civil order that does not depend upon relationships, and is available if the conduct of any person is "harassment" as defined by law.
  • It is intended to prevent a person (defendant) from contacting you and/or any other protected persons included in a judge's order. A judge can also order that the defendant not contact you in person, by phone, in writing or other means and can order the defendant from contacting you at specific locations such as your residence work, school or other locations.

Injunction Against Workplace Harassment

Protective Order (PDF)

  • A civil order issued to protect employees at an employer's place of business. Only an employer or an authorized agent of an employer may file an injunction prohibiting workplace harassment.

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