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Understanding temporary restraining orders

There are many legal protections available for survivors of domestic abuse. One of these means of protection is the act of taking out an emergency protection order. This means that the abuser will be arrested immediately if he or she breaks the terms of the order. Therefore, it provides a very strong deterrent and protects the victim.

If you are a survivor of domestic abuse, it is important to know that there is always help in the form of legal protection, and community support, when you need it.

What is an emergency protection order?

An emergency protection order, otherwise known as a temporary restraining order, offers short-term protection in an urgent situation. It is usually administered when the police are called to a situation where a violent domestic dispute is occurring. This means that the victim has protection for a limited period, usually one to three days, so that the incident can be investigated, and so a long-term protection can be put in place if necessary.

What provisions can be put in place in a restraining order?

The most common provision is a no-contact provision. This means that the abuser cannot contact the victim in any way. Therefore, they cannot text, call, visit, stalk or disturb the victim whatsoever.

Another type of provision is a peaceful contact provision. This means that the abuser can contact for reasons such as discussing the care of the children, but he or she cannot be verbally abusive.

If you are a domestic abuse survivor, it is important that you understand the different ways that you can protect yourself from further abuse.

Source: FindLaw, "What is a temporary restraining order?," accessed March 01, 2018

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