Am I eligible to file for a restraining order?
You can file for a restraining order if you have been subjected to domestic violence, as defined by law, by any of the following people, known as “family or household members”1 regardless of the age of you and the abuser:
- your spouse or former spouse (including a civil-union spouse);
- someone you have a child in common with;
- your parent;
- your child;
- someone you are dating or have recently dated;
- someone you are related to you by blood or marriage;
- someone who you currently live with or used to live with;2 and
- if you are age 60 years or older, a live-in caretaker.3
1 C.G.S. § 46b-15(a)
2 C.G.S. § 46b-38a(2)
3 See Application for Relief from Abuse
Can I get a restraining order against a same-sex partner?
In Connecticut, you may apply for a restraining order against a current or former same-sex partner as long as the relationship meets the requirements listed in Am I eligible to file for a restraining order? You must also be the victim of an act of domestic violence, which is explained here What is the legal definition of domestic violence in Connecticut?
You can find information about LGBTQIA victims of abuse and what types of barriers they may face on our LGBTQIA Victims page.
How much does it cost? Do I need a lawyer?
Nothing. There is no cost to file for a restraining order.
You do not need a lawyer to file for a restraining order. However, you may wish to have a lawyer, especially if the abuser has a lawyer. If you can, contact a lawyer to make sure that your legal rights are protected. If you cannot afford a lawyer but want one to help you with your case, you can find information on legal assistance on the CT Finding a Lawyer page.
If you are going to be in court without a lawyer, our Preparing for Court – By Yourself section may be useful to you.