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Legal Information: Arizona

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
January 10, 2020

What is the legal definition of harassment?

To get an injunction against harassment, you must show that the defendant has “harassed” you. For the purpose of an IAH, the law defines “harassment” as:

  1. two or more acts over any period of time that:
    • is directed at a specific person;
    • serves no legitimate purpose; and
    • reasonably causes the victim to be seriously alarmed, annoyed or harassed;1 or
  2. one or more acts of sexual violence, which the law defines as committing one of the following acts even if there was no arrest or criminal prosecution:

Harassment may also include defamation against an employer, unlawful picketing, trespassory assembly, unlawful mass assembly, concerted interference with lawful business activity, and taking part in a secondary boycott.1

1 A.R.S. § 12-1809(S)
2 A.R.S. §§ 12-1809(S); 23-371(J)