For individuals who have experienced domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking, a protective order is an available option. Every situation is unique and our advocates will help each individual assess whether this is a safe option for her/him. If an individual opts to proceed with a protective order, our legal advocate will help complete all the necessary paperwork, explain the process, and attend any necessary court hearings.
A protective order is an order issued by a judge that prohibits or restricts another person from engaging in certain conduct. Protective orders can prohibit another person from:
- Threatening to commit or committing an act of violence against you.
- Abusing, harassing or contacting you or a member of your household.
- Entering your property or workplace
- Damaging your property.
Individuals under the age of 18 are legally required by the court to have a parent or legal guardian file the petition on her/his behalf.