A protection order is a document issued by a civil court that orders the person who is abusing, harassing, or stalking you to stop doing so or be punished by the court. You can apply for a protection order at any time, even if: criminal charges haven’t been filed against the person harassing you, or you have already obtained a Temporary Protection Order as part of a criminal proceeding.
Protection Orders can last for any period of time, up to five years. While protection orders can help keep you safe, they are only pieces of paper and you still must take other steps to protect yourself. If you are interested in applying for a protection order, read below to see what type of protection order you should apply for.
If you or a family member are being physically abused or threatened with harm by a family or household member (person living in your home, even if not related to you by marriage or blood), you can apply for a Civil Protection Order. If you and your abuser have children together, a Civil Protection Order can also decide issues regarding these children – including custody, visitation, and support. If any of these descriptions apply or you would like to review the forms available, you may view and download forms here.