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 they will not be shown to the defendant – they will only be shown to authorized court personnel or law enforcement officers.1
It’s best to also think about developing a “safety plan” for you and your family. See our Safety Planning page for tips on how to protect yourself. In addition, a local domestic violence or sexual assault 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.
1 Kan. Stat. § 60-31a04(f)