What should I do when I leave the courthouse?
Here are some steps that you may want to take before, and after, leaving the courthouse:
- Review the order before you leave the courthouse. If you have any questions about it, be sure to ask the clerk or, if possible, the judge.
- Make several copies of the order as soon as possible.
- Keep a copy of the order with you at all times.
- Leave copies of the order at your workplace, at your home, at your children's school or daycare, in your car, with a sympathetic neighbor, and so on.
- Give a copy to the security guard or person at the front desk where you live and/or work along with a photo of the abuser.
- Give a copy of the order to anyone who is named in and protected by the order.
The court will keep your address and telephone number confidential and will only disclose them to authorized court or law enforcement officers.1 However, you may still wish to consider changing your locks, if permitted by law or by your lease, and your phone number if you feel that would make you safer. You should also think about developing a “safety plan” for you and your family. A local domestic violence organization may be able to help you design a safety plan that's right for you. See our KS Advocates and Shelters page for a list of resources in your area, and our Safety Tips page for more tips on how to protect yourself.
1 K.S.A. § 60-31a04(e)