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: