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Legal Information: Iowa

Restraining Orders

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October 30, 2020

Step 2: Fill out the petition.

Carefully fill out the petition.  It is an important legal document.  Read it carefully and ask questions if you don’t understand something.  Write about the incidents of violence, using descriptive language (slapping, hitting, grabbing, choking, threatening, etc.) that fits your situation.  Be specific.  Include details and dates, if possible.  A domestic violence organization may be able to provide you with help filling out the form.  See IA Places that Help for the location of an organization near you.

Do not sign the form when you are finished. It must be signed in front of a notary public. There should be a notary public in the courthouse.  Be sure to bring a picture ID.