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Restraining Orders

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Laws current as of September 1, 2023

What can I do if the abuser violates the order?

The PFA order can be violated if the abuser does not follow every provision in the order. If you believe the order has been violated, you can call the police immediately. Even if you think it is a minor violation, it could be a class A misdemeanor crime1 or civil contempt of court. If you call the police, it is a good idea to write down the name of the responding officer(s) and their badge number(s) in case you want to follow up on your case.

For more information about contempt, including the difference between criminal contempt and civil contempt, go to our Domestic Violence Restraining Orders page.

1 Ala. Code § 13A-6-142(a)