Each state has its own criteria regarding eligibility requirements and standards of proof for obtaining protective orders. Usually, the victim will need to show that the abuser committed or threatened to commit physical abuse, sexual abuse, harassment, or stalking.
A minor (under 18 years old) seeking a protective order may need to be accompanied to court by a parent, guardian or other adult. Some states may also require parental consent before a minor can petition the court for a protective order.
It is recommended that you contact a family law attorney with domestic violence expertise for assistance in obtaining 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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