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Restraining Orders

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Laws current as of
March 26, 2024

What should I do when I leave the courthouse?

Here are some things that you may want to consider when you leave the courthouse. You will have to evaluate each one and decide if it is safe and appropriate for you to do.

  • Review the order before you leave the courthouse. If you see any errors, ask the clerk how to correct them.
  • Make several copies of the protection order as soon as possible.
  • Keep a copy of the protection order with you at all times.
  • Leave copies at your workplace, at your home, at your children’s school or daycare, in your car, with a trusted neighbor, and so on.
  • If you have a security guard or front desk person where you live or work, give him/her a copy of the order and a photo of the abuser.
  • Give a copy of the order to anyone who is named in and protected by the order.
  • You may want to change your locks and phone number.

You may also want to make a safety plan. People can do things to increase their safety during violent incidents; when preparing to leave an abusive relationship; and when they are at home, work, and school. Many abusers obey protective orders, but some do not. So, it is important to build on the things you have already been doing to keep yourself safe. Go to our Safety Planning page for suggestions.