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What is a Protective Order?

A protective order is a civil court order that is designed to stop violent and harassing behavior and to protect you and your family members from an abuser. Abusers who violate certain parts of a protective order can be arrested. The purpose of a protective order is to prevent future assaults by your partner. The protective order will usually make it illegal for him/her to be near you, your children, your home, your workplace, and your children's school. If you have a protective order you can call the police for help when he/she is where he/she is not supposed to be and the police can intervene before he assaults you or your children again

What do I have to prove to get a protective order?

In order for the judge to grant a protective order, you will have to prove that it is more likely than not (more than 51%) that the following three things are true:

  1. the person who is abusing you is or was a member of your family or household or someone you have or are dating;
  2. family violence in the form of a physical assault or threat of physical assault has occurred; and
  3. another act of family violence is likely to occur again in the future.

Should I get a protective order?

It depends on your situation. It is important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of filing for a protective order.

Read the list below, if you answer yes to one or more, call us today for more information to protect your family.

_____ Conviction of assaultive offense
_____ Prior family violence protective order against
_____ Existing family violence protective order against
_____ Arrest for assault, disorderly conduct, etc.
_____ Police called during argument by
_____ Physical abuse of other party by
_____ Physical abuse of child by
_____ Physical abuse of third party by
_____ Bodily harm to other party caused by
_____ Bodily harm to child caused by
_____ Bodily harm to third party caused by
_____ Threats to harm other party by
_____ Threats to harm child by
_____ Threats to harm third party by
_____ Destruction of property by
_____ Fear of the other party
_____ Caused unwelcome physical contact with other party
_____ Perceived need for protection from the other party
_____ Concerns about being left alone with children
_____ Concerns about other party being left alone with children
_____ Jealousy concerning other party
_____ Possessive of other party
_____ Abuse of alcohol or drugs by

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