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Know the Laws: Louisiana

UPDATED April 14, 2017

Protective Orders (for Stalking)

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A victim of stalking or cyberstalking can get a protective order against an acquaintance, stranger, or anyone who is committing stalking/cyberstalking.

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Louisiana state law allows a victim of stalking or cyberstalking to apply for a protective order even if the person is not a family or household member or dating partner.  Therefore, if you are being stalked by an acquaintance, a co-worker, or even someone with whom who you have no relationship, you may still be eligible for a protective order.*

Note: The person does not have to be arrested for stalking or cyperstalking.  As long as you can prove that the person committed acts that would come under the criminal definitions of stalking or cyberstalking, you may qualify.  (To read the exact definitions of each crime, click on the hyperlinked term in the prior sentence.)

* LA R.S. 46:2173

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back to topHow do I apply for a protective order due to stalking?

A protective order for stalking victims can be filed in the civil district court.  To find a courthouse near you, please go to our LA Courthouse Locations page.   For more information on protective orders for victims of stalking, you can read the information on our Protective Orders (for Domestic Abuse) page since both pages refer to the same protective orders.

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back to topWhat can I do if the abuser violates the order?

If the abuser violates the protective order, you can call 911 immediately.  Tell the officers you have a TRO or a protective order and the defendant is violating it.  The law says that if a law enforcement officer has reason to believe that you have been abused in violation of a temporary or final restraining order/protective order, the officer is supposed to immediately arrest the abuser.*  

* LA R.S. 46:2140(A)

 

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