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Restraining Orders

Restraining Orders come in various forms, each with their own eligibility requirements and steps that you must take to obtain the restraining order you need. Below is a list of restraining orders which can be sought.

Emergency Protective Order (EPO)

Protects victims of abuse, serious harassment, or stalking. An emergency protective order is granted by a Judge, often on call, and sought by law enforcement upon probable cause that one is necessary.

Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO)

DVROs requires that a specific relationship either exists, or existed, between the Restrained Party and the Protected Party.  These relationships include: spouse or former spouse; person you are dating, or person you have dated; lover; mother or father of your child; anyone closely related to you by blood marriage or adoption (example: mother, father, child, brother, sister, grandparent); or person who regularly lives in your home. Such protections do not require physical conduct or abuse. Firearms restrictions are a part of DVROs.

Elder or Dependent Adult Abuse Restraining Order

Protects elders and dependent adults from physical and financial abuse, neglect, isolation, abduction, harm, or deprivation by a caregiver.

Civil Harassment Restraining Order (CHRO)

A Civil Harassment Restraining Order does not require a specific relationship like a DVRO.  A CHRO can protect you from a variety of individuals.  Such protections do not require physical conduct or abuse. Cyber abuse can warrant a CHRO.

Workplace Violence Restraining Order

A Workplace Violence Restraining Order provides employees protection from workplace violence. A Workplace Violence Restraining Order can only be requested by an employer on behalf of an employee.

Private Postsecondary School Violence Restraining Order

A Private Postsecondary School Violence Restraining Order provides students with protections from violence in a private postsecondary school. These restraining orders can only be requested by the chief administrative officer, or an officer or employee designated by the chief administrative officer on behalf of a student.

Firearms Restraining Order

A Firearms Restraining Order bars an individual who is deemed to pose a significant danger of personal injury to him/herself, or another from owning, possessing, purchasing, receiving or attempting to purchase or receive a firearm or ammunition. A Firearms Restraining Order can only be requested by an immediate family member or law enforcement agency.

 

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