Stalking Protection Orders
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Stalking protection orders provide protection from someone who is stalking you.
Under Oregon law, stalking is when:
- A person makes you afraid by engaging in repeated and unwanted contact, OR
- A person makes an immediate family (or household) member afraid by engaging in repeated and unwanted contact.*
To qualify as stalking, your situation ALSO must meet the following requirements:
- A reasonable person in your situation would have been alarmed or coerced by the contact, and
- The repeated [at least two] and unwanted contact causes you or a member of your immediate family (or household) to reasonably fear for their physical safety.**
Unwanted contact is when a person:
- Comes near you or into your sight;
- Follows you;
- Waits outside your home, workplace, or school;
- Communicates with you in any way (mail, email, phone, or through another person); or
- Damages your home, workplace, or school.***
* O.R.S. § 163.732(1)(a)
** O.R.S. § 163.732(1)(b),(c)
*** O.R.S. § 163.730(3)
back to topWhat is a stalking protection order?
A stalking protection order is a court order that is designed to stop someone from stalking or harassing you or your family members.
back to topWhat does stalking protection order cost?
Nothing. There is no fee for making a complaint, filing, serving the respondent, or having a court hearing about the stalking protection order.*
* O.R.S. § 30.866(9)
back to topHow long does stalking protection order last?
Stalking protection orders don’t have a specific end date at the time they are issued. If the judge issues a permanent order, it remains effective until it the judge decides to end the order.
back to topWhat will the stalking protection order actually do?
When the judge grants a stalking protection order, the order will specifically say what the stalker (respondent) is not allowed to do. The stalker may be ordered to have no contact with you, to stop stalking you or your family members, etc. It is a crime to violate a stalking protection order.*
* O.R.S. § 163.750(2)(a)
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