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September 13, 2023

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,1 if your order is not entered into the state registry, it may be more difficult for a Delaware 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 Delaware. To see a list of local domestic violence organizations in DE, please visit our DE Advocates and Shelters page located on the Places that Help tab on the top of this page.

1 10 Del. Code §§ 1049D; 1049K

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