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Legal Information: Iowa

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
October 30, 2020

Step 5: What will I have to prove at the hearing?

As the petitioner requesting the protective order, you must prove that the abuser:

  • Physically abused you; OR
  • Pointed a gun at you or menaced you with a dangerous weapon (such as a knife); OR
  • Threatened you with physical contact that would cause you pain or injury AND the threat put you in fear AND the threat could be carried out immediately.

See the Preparing your Case section under the Preparing for Court tab at the top of this page for ways you can show the judge that you were abused. You can learn more about the court system in our Preparing for Court – By Yourself section.