Protection orders, sometimes called restraining orders, are a court order telling a person or persons to not contact you. Typically the order will specify locations the restrained party cannot go such as your house and your work. It will often usually include a distance range, such as 50 feet, should you see each other in public. Protection orders also specify no electronic contact (phone calls, texts, Facebook, etc.) or contact through a third party (sending a message through a mutual friend).

If someone violates a protection order, there can be serious consequences including potential jail time.

A protection order may be a good tool for ending a domestic violence relationship and/or stalking, and extends further than a No Contact Order we can issue on campus. It does not require a lawyer, but it is a number of steps and forms so it is best to prepare in advance and consider bringing a support person like a friend or a victim’s advocate from The Phoenix Center with you.

Here is a step-by-step guide for obtaining a Temporary Protection Order, which is the first step in a two part process for obtaining a permanent protection order:

Steps for Obtaining a Temporary Protection Order in Colorado

Project Safeguard

Helps specifically with obtaining protection orders in the Denver Metro area for people who have experienced domestic violence. In some cases, may be able to connect you with a free or low cost lawyer to represent you.