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Restraining Orders

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Laws current as of November 7, 2023

Will the abuser be notified if I register my protection order?

The federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which applies to all U.S. states and territories, addresses this issue. VAWA says that the court cannot tell the abuser when you register or file your protective order in a new state unless you specifically request that the abuser be notified.1  However, you may wish to check that the clerk is aware of this law before you register your order. You may want to be especially careful if your address is confidential.

Despite this law, it is still possible that the abuser could somehow find out where you are living. Continue to think about your safety, even if you no longer live in the same state as the abuser. Our Safety Planning page has tips to get you started or build on what you are already doing.  A local domestic violence organization can help you make a safety plan that works for you. To find organizations in your area, go to Idaho Advocates and Shelters.

1 18 USC § 2265(d)