Legal Information: Iowa

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
January 31, 2018

Can I get my protective order from Iowa enforced in another state?

Yes. If you have a valid Iowa protective order that meets federal standards, it can be enforced in another state. The Violence Against Women Act, which is a federal law, states that all valid protective orders granted in the United States receive "full faith and credit" in all state and tribal courts within the US, including US territories. See the question below to find out if your protective order qualifies.

Each state must enforce out-of-state protective orders in the same way it enforces its own orders. Meaning, if your abuser violates your out-of-state protective order, s/he will be punished according to the laws of whatever state you are in when the order is violated. This is what is meant by "full faith and credit."