If you or someone you know have been the victim of harassment or domestic abuse, you have the right to seek one of several protective orders. A protective order would normally consist of a restraining order or a domestic violence protective order (DVPO) to prevent further harassment or abuse. The two documents are different in their amount of restrictions on the aggressor, the process to obtain them, and the class of people they will protect against. Most notably is that a DVPO can only apply to current or former close relationships, and a restraining order can be imposed against strangers if sufficient threat exists.
Understanding and getting a protective order requires close communication with an attorney experienced in domestic violence, but it is incredibly important that you do not hesitate if you feel threatened or uncomfortable by someone. Whether you think you qualify for a protective order or not, please give us a call if you believe you might need one.