A protective order is a type of civil order. It is put into place to tell someone who has abused another person or threatened to do so to stay away from the victim or any member of the victim’s household. The protective order prohibits the alleged abuser from contacting the victim or anyone in the victim’s household and prevents them from destroying any property belonging to the victim. Additionally, the accused may not enter the victim’s home.
Protective orders are important, because they help prevent abusers from being in contact with their victims. These orders can be sought by parents, guardians, adult victims of violence or a representative of a child victim. They can be taken out against any family or household member who harms someone else in a case of domestic violence.
Are there advantages to protective orders?
There are some advantages to protective orders. These include:
- Being able to quickly resolve a domestic violence-related situation
- Increasing the speed at which the police respond to a call, since the police can intervene prior to violence
- Comprehensive relief, which means that the victim may be able to seek counseling, eviction of the abuser, custody of children and spousal or child support
- No cost
If you are a victim of violence or worry that an abuser will return to your home, call 911 and speak with the police about seeking a protective order. There is no reason that you should have to fear for your life in your own home. Your attorney can help you seek a remedy to your dangerous situation.