Protection from Abuse

Protection from Abuse

Instructions and forms on this website are generally a product of the Self-Represented Litigation Committee of the Judicial Branch and are provided as a public service. 

NOTE: THE SUPREME COURT DOES NOT REPRESENT THAT THESE INSTRUCTIONS AND FORMS WILL BE APPROPRIATE IN EVERY CASE. ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE REGARDING THE USE OF THE INSTRUCTIONS AND FORMS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO A LAWYER.

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A protection order is an order from a judge to protect people from abuse, sexual assault, or harassment.  There are three types of protection orders: 

  1. Domestic Abuse Protection Order:  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.
  2. Harassment Protection Order:  Not relationship dependent. Requires a number of telephone or personal contacts that seriously terrify, threaten, or intimidate the victim and serve no legitimate purpose.
  3. Sexual Assault Protection Order:  Not relationship dependent. It is granted because someone subjected or attempted to subject the other person to sexual contact or sexual penetration without consent.

Note: None of these types of protection orders are for the purpose of protecting property.

Automated Forms through Legal Aid of Nebraska: Users of this website are welcome to use the free automated question/answer forms through Legal Aid. Click: Domestic Violence Self-Help Forms