Who can file for a domestic violence protective order?
Any person who is a victim of domestic violence by a “household member” can file for a protective order. Household members include adults or minors who:
- are current or former spouses;
- live together or who have lived together;
- are/were dating;
- had a sexual relationship;
- are related to each other by blood, including half-blood, or adoption - for example, a child, parent, grandchild, brother, sister, grandparent, uncle, first cousin, or other relative;
- are related by a current or former marriage, including step-parents and step-children;
- have a child in common from a relationship; or
- are the minor child of a person in any of the relationships described above.1
A judge cannot deny you a protective order based only on the fact that there has been a lapse of time between the domestic violence and the filing of the petition.2
Note: If you do not have a household member relationship with the abuser, you may be eligible for a sexual assault or stalking protective order. For more information about these orders, see What is a stalking or sexual assault protective order?
With the consent of a victim of a crime involving domestic violence, a peace officer may request an emergency protective order.3 See What types of domestic violence protective orders are there? How long do they last? for more information.
For information about representing yourself in a protective order hearing, you can check out the Alaska State Courts website. You can also find general information about preparing for court on our At the Hearing page.
1 Alaska Statute §18.66.990(5)
2 Alaska Statute §18.66.100(e)
3 Alaska Statute §18.66.110(b)