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UPDATED June 16, 2017

Victim Protective Orders

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A victim protective order is a civil order that provides protection from an offender that commits certain acts of violence against you and with whom you do not have a relationship.

Basic info and definitions

back to topWhat acts of violence can qualify me for a victim protective order?

You may be eligible for a victim protective order if someone committed any of the following crimes against you:

  • assault and battery with a deadly weapon;
  • forcible sodomy;
  • kidnapping;
  • rape; or
  • sexual offenses.*

We define these crimes in the following questions in this section.

You may also be eligible for a victim protective order if you are an immediate family member of a victim of first-degree murder against an offender who is:

  • the person who was charged and convicted of committing the murder; or
  • the person who was charged and convicted of being an accessory to the murder.**

* 22 O.S. § 40.2(A)
* 22 O.S. § 40.2(B)

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back to topWhat is the legal definition of assault and battery with a deadly weapon?

Assault and battery with a deadly weapon means an assault or battery with a weapon that is likely to cause you death or great bodily harm.*  Objects that you wouldn’t necessarily think of as weapons can be considered weapons for purposes of assault and battery. 

* 22 O.S. § 40(1)

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back to topWhat is the legal definition of forcible sodomy?

Sodomy generally includes anal or oral sex between people.

The crime of forcible sodomy is when:

  • you are under 16 years old and the offender is over 18 years old;
  • you are unable to consent because of mental illness or any unsoundness of mind (the age of the offender doesn’t matter);
  • the offender uses force, violence, or threats of force or violence (your age and the offender’s age doesn’t matter);
  • you are a person who is under the legal custody, supervision or authority of a state agency, a county, a municipality or a political subdivision of this state, an agency’s subcontract or subcontractor’s employee and the offender is a state, county, municipal or political subdivision employee, contractor, or an employee of a contractor;
  • you are at least 16 years old but less than 20 years old and a student in any public or private secondary school, junior high or high school, or public vocational school and the offender is 18 years old or older and is employed by the same school system;
  • you are unconscious and the offender should know that you are unconscious; or
  • you are intoxicated due to the offender’s actions (and the reason that the offender got you intoxicated is so that you would not resist being sodomized).*

* 21 O.S. § 888(B), 22 O.S. § 40(2)

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back to topWhat is the legal definition of kidnapping?

Kidnapping is when a person (without the legal right) seizes, confines, convinces (“inveigles”), decoys, kidnaps, abducts, or carries you away against your will with the intent to cause you to be:

  • confined or imprisoned in the state;
  • sent out of the state; or
  • sold as a slave or for service in any way.*

* 21 O.S. § 741, 22 O.S. § 40(3)

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back to topWhat is the legal definition of rape and sexual offenses?

Rape is when sexual intercourse is accomplished under any of the following circumstances:

  • when you are less than 16 years old;
  • when you have mental illness or any other mental condition that makes you incapable of giving consent;
  • when force or violence is used or threatened when you believe that the offender is able to carry out that threat;
  • when you are intoxicated due to the offender’s actions (and the reason that the offender got you intoxicated is so that you would not resist being raped);
  • when you are unconscious and the offender knows you are unconscious;
  • when you agree to intercourse under the belief that the offender is your spouse due to deceit;
  • when you are under custody of a state agency, a federal agency, a county, a municipality or a political subdivision and the offender is an employee or contractor with one of these agencies;
  • when you are at least 16 years old and younger than 20 years old and are also a student or under legal custody or supervision of a public or private elementary or secondary school, junior high or high school, or public vocational school and the offender is 18 years old or older and an employee of the same school system; or
  • when you are 19 years old or younger and under custody of a state agency, federal agency, or tribal court and the offender is a foster parent or foster parent applicant.*

The legal definition of a sex offense includes several different crimes of a sexual nature, including sexual assault, trafficking, sexual exploitation, and child sexual abuse.**  You can read a full list of crimes that are considered sex offenses here.

* 21 O.S. § 1111(A)
** 22 O.S. § 40(6)

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back to topWhat types of victim protective orders are available?

There are two types of victim protective orders: emergency temporary orders and final protective orders.

Emergency temporary orders:

Emergency temporary orders are granted ex parte, which means the offender does not need notice of your request.  You can request an emergency temporary order of protection when the court is not open for business.  The peace officer (law enforcement) investigating your case will:

  • provide you with a petition for an order;
  • notify the judge of your request;
  • communicate with you whether the judge approved or denied your request.  If it was approved, the officer will provide you with a copy of the petition and a written statement signed by the officer to show that the judge approved your request for an order; and
  • notify the abuser about the order and the terms of the order.*

The emergency order will last until the end of the next day when the court is open.

Although the statute is not clear, similar to the domestic violence protective order process, you should be able to get a temporary ex parte order on the day you file a petition in court (in situations where the court is open) that lasts until your court date for a final order.  You can read more about temporary orders on our Domestic Violence Protective Orders page.

Like a domestic violence protective order, a final victim protective order hearing is scheduled within 14 days of filing your petition and can last up to five years.** 

* 22 O.S. § 40.3(A)
** See 22 O.S. § 40.2(A), 22 O.S. § 60.4(G)(1)

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back to topHow can a victim protective order help me?

Victim protective orders are significantly similar to domestic violence protective orders.*  You can read more about the relief available in a domestic violence protective order here.

* 22 O.S. § 40.2(A)

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Getting the order

back to topWho is eligible for a victim protective order?

To get a victim protective order you must be a victim of one of the crimes listed here, but you do not have to have a specific relationship with the offender.  If the offender is a family or household member, then you cannot file for a victim protective order but could be eligible for a domestic violence protective order.*

If you are the immediate family member of a victim of first-degree murder, you are eligible for a victim protection order against the offender who was charged and convicted of the crime of first-degree murder or the person who was charged and convicted for being an accessory to the crime.**

* 22 O.S. § 40.2(A)
** 22 O.S. § 40.2(B)

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back to topWhat are the steps involved for getting a victim protective order?

The steps to get a victim protective order are similar to the steps to get a domestic violence protective order.  However, the protective order forms available at the courthouse and on the court’s website may not include all of the offenses included in this law.  It may be helpful to print out a copy of the law and ask a lawyer or advocate to come to court with you to file.  You may have to be prepared to explain to the court clerk and the judge that you are filing for a victim protective order under this section of the law.  You can also find legal resources on our Finding a Lawyer page and advocates on our State and Local Programs page.  You can also find the contact information for the clerk of the court on the OK Courthouse Locations page.

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