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June 17, 2021

Who can get a protection order? Can I get one against someone who is not my spouse, intimate partner, or relative?

Under Colorado law, you may be eligible for a protection order against someone you are not in a relationship with and not related to if that person has:

  • stalked you,
  • sexually assaulted you,
  • made “unlawful sexual contact” with you,
  • physically assaulted you,
  • threatened you with physical harm, or
  • threatened or harmed an animal owned by your or by your children (if you are an elderly or at-risk adult).1

Note: If you are at least 60 years old OR mentally or physically incapacitated, verbal abuse or wrongful confinement can also be reasons for a protection order. See What is the legal definition of abuse of an elderly or at-risk adult? for more information.

1 Colo. Rev. Stat. §§ 13-14-104.5(1)(a); 13-14-101(1)