What is a Protective Order?
A protective order, also known as an “order of protection” or a “restraining order” (the term depends on the state where you live), is a civil court order signed by a judge to help protect victims experiencing intimate partner violence.
Protective orders can be granted even if the relationship has ended but the abuse has not. Each state has its own laws that determine who is eligible for a protective order, the circumstances under which it can be granted, how long it can last, and whom it can protect. There is no fee to obtain a protective order.
To learn more about protective orders in your state, visit WomensLaw.org and scroll down to your state.
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