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Common questions about restraining orders

If you have a reason to be fearful of a romantic partner, a family member or a person that you share accommodation with, it is important that you take action to protect yourself. It is possible to gain an emergency protection order if you find yourself in a threatening situation.

Protection orders tend to be very effective methods because of the consequences that come with their violation. If you are fearful of violence in the household, it is vital to remember the ways that the law can protect you.

How can I get an emergency restraining order?

Emergency protection orders are most commonly administered after an altercation in which the police are called. This helps the victim in the situation to be protected while the investigation is carried out. If you find yourself in a scary or dangerous altercation, calling the emergency services is the safest thing to do.

What protections can a restraining order include?

An order of protection can differ in terms depending on the situation. However, most of the time the order includes a no-contact provision. In addition, restraining orders may include a stay-away provision, demanding that the abuser must stay a certain number of yards away.

How can I make the restraining order permanent?

If you have an emergency protection order in place, a court hearing will determine whether this protection order should be put in place for a lengthier period of time.

It is important to understand how the law is put in place to protect citizens if you are worried about domestic violence.

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