Know the Laws: Wisconsin
UPDATED April 11, 2016
A domestic abuse restraining order is a civil order that provides protection from harm by a household or family member.
A domestic abuse restraining order, also called an injunction, is a paper which is signed by a judge and tells an abuser to stop the abuse or face serious legal consequences. It offers civil legal protection from domestic violence to both women and men victims.
Domestic abuse in Wisconsin includes the following:
To read the exact wording of the law, please see the definitions section on the WI Statutes page.
Note: Harassing or stalking behavior is also covered under a different type of restraining order called a harassment restraining order.
* Wis. Stat. § 813.12(am)
A domestic abuse restraining order may:
Note: When the final domestic violence restraining order, or final injunction, is granted, the abuser must hand over any firearms in his possession and will be forbidden from buying any firearms.** However, if the abuser is a police officer, or has to use a firearm for work, the court may not require him/her to surrender it.*** For more information, see Wisconsin Gun Laws.
Whether a judge orders any or all of the above depends on the facts of your case.
* Wis. Stat. § 813.12(4)
** Wis. Stat. § 813.12(4m)(a)2.
*** Wis. Stat. § 813.12(4m)(ag)