You should not delay if you are considering a protective order since a long delay between an incident of violence and the protective order application may hurt the chances of it being granted by the court.

  • Protective Orders are court orders to protect victims of family violence.
  • A Protective Order are rules by which the abuser, also called the Respondent, must follow in order to have a safe relationship with you and your family or no relationship at all.
  • Only a judge can issue a Protective Order. With your input, a judge decides the rules that the Respondent must follow.
  • A Protective Order may be in effect for up to two years.
  • Consequences of violating a protective order

In general, a Protective Order might have the following rules:

An abuser/Respondent…

  • Can not hurt you
  • Can not verbally threaten to hurt you or a loved one
  • Can not go near your home or work
  • Can not go near your daycare or school of your children
  • Can not follow you
  • May be required to go to counseling
  • May be required to pay child support
  • May be required to follow a child visitation plan
  • If the abuser/Respondent breaks these rules they can be arrested.

Consequences of violating a protective order