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A protection order is an order from a judge to protect people from abuse or harassment.
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There are two types of protection orders. A Domestic Abuse Protection Order is for people who have been in close relationships (relatives, spouses or former spouses, people who have lived or are living together, etc). It is granted because someone attempted, threatened, caused bodily injury, or intimidated the other person by credible threat, or engaged in sexual contact or sexual penetration without consent.
The second type of protection order is a Harassment Protection Order. It does not depend upon relationships, but requires a number of telephone or personal contacts that seriously terrify, threaten, or intimidate the victim and serve no legitimate purpose.
Note: Neither type of protection order is for the purpose of protecting property.
Below is information to assist you in making a decision to file a Domestic Abuse or Harassment Protection Order, along with a list of frequently asked questions. Many people have questions regarding what protection orders can and cannot do. You should take a moment and review the ‘Filing for a Protection Order: Frequently Asked Questions’ and the ‘Protection Order Form Guide’ before you fill out the paperwork. The Guide will give you helpful information on how to proceed in filling out the necessary paperwork.
If you are unsure of which type of Protection Order to file (Domestic Abuse Protection or Harassment Protection Order), follow the arrows on the chart: How do I know which protection order to choose?
Protection Order Information and Frequently Asked Questions:
Domestic Abuse Protection Order Forms
Each of the Protection Order types requires that three forms be completed: (1) A Praecipe (how notice is given to the restrained person), (2) a form with confidential social security information to be kept in a private section of the court file, and a (3) Petition. (Complete the forms below using the guides above.)
If you currently have an active Domestic Abuse Protection Order from the court and would like to change one or more of the protections that you were originally granted by the judge, complete and file the “Request for Modification” below.
If you have an active Domestic Abuse Protection Order from the court and would like to dismiss the order (let it go), complete and file the “Motion to Dismiss” and ask the court to review and approve the request.
Harassment Protection Order Forms
- If you currently have an active Harassment Protection Order from the court and would like to change one or more of the protections that you were originally granted by the judge, complete and file the “Request for Modification” below.Praecipe (DC 19-1)
- Social Security Information Form (DC 6:5(12))
- Petition (DC 19:2)
If you have an active Harassment Protection Order from the court and would like to dismiss the order (let it go), complete and file the “Motion to Dismiss” and ask the court to review and approve the request.
Preparing for Your Court Hearing
A hearing may be scheduled regarding the protection order you requested. This hearing may have been requested by the judge, by the respondent, or by you. Please see 'Filing for a Protection Order: Frequently Asked Questions’ for more information on how this occurs. In order to prepare for your court hearing, please read: How to Prepare for a Protection Order Hearing.