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The different restraining order provisions

Those who have been a victim of domestic violence or harassment will want to protect themselves from future abuse. This can be done by filing for a Protective Order or a Peace Order. If a Peace Order is granted, then protection can be for up to six months.  If a Protective Ordered is granted, then protection can be for up to one year.  If the abuse continues, then these Orders can be extended for good cause.

Protection orders will have provisions in place that are tailored to the specific situation. If you want to protect yourself from violence or harassment, you should have a good understanding of what types of provisions can be put in place.

No contact provision

Many victims of domestic violence suffer from mental abuse or threats of physical abuse. An individual may feel overwhelmed by constant contact, psychological manipulation and intimidation. Everyone has the right to gain protection from this type of behavior. To do this, a no-contact provision can be put in place. This bans the abuser from making any type of contact, from text messaging to speaking face to face.

Peaceful or No Unlawful Contact Provision

You may need to speak to your abuser because you share a child with them, for example. In this instance, the Court can put a peaceful contact provision or a "no unlawful contact" provision in place. This means that your abuser can only contact you in a civilized matter about certain topics, such as the care and welfare of your children.

Firearms provision

If you are concerned that your abuser owns firearms, this provision can put your mind at peace. This requires the abuser to surrender all guns to law enforcement, and it prevents them from purchasing new ones.

If you want to gain relief from psychological or physical abuse, you should be aware that it is possible to do so by filing for an order of protection.

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