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Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
November 2, 2019

What if I don’t register my protection order?  Will it be more difficult to have it enforced?

While neither federal law nor state law requires that you register your protection order in order to get it enforced, if your order is not entered into the Connecticut state registry, it may be more difficult for a Connecticut law enforcement official to determine whether your order is real. Meaning, it could take longer to get your order enforced.

If you are unsure about whether registering your order is the right decision for you, you may want to contact a local domestic violence organization in your area. An advocate there can help you decide what the safest plan of action is for you in Connecticut. To see a list of local domestic violence organizations, go to our CT Advocates and Shelters page.