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Domestic Violence: Getting a Protective Order

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How to get a protective order:

To be eligible for a protective order, you and the other party must fit into at least one of the following categories:

For a protective order to work effectively, you must:

If you travel to another state, check to see whether your protective order is valid in that state. Protective orders are valid across some state lines. Protective orders remain in effect until they are removed by the court, even if the victim consents to contact with the abuser.

Your local domestic violence program or a qualified attorney can help you get a protective order. You can also see the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence's website at https://ncadv.org/resources to find programs offering legal support. The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233) can also provide you with contacts.


Credits for Domestic Violence: Getting a Protective Order

Current as of: August 31, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Brigid McCaw, MD, MPH, MS, FACP - Internal Medicine


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