Legal Information: Maine

Restraining Orders

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March 4, 2020

Protection from Abuse Orders (for domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, and more)

A protection from abuse (PFA) order is a civil order that protects you from certain acts of harm that are committed by a family or household member or dating partner and from other acts of harm (such as stalking, sexual assault, and other sex-related crimes) that are committed by anyone, regardless of your relationship to them.

For people over age 60, or vulnerable or incapacitated adults, a protection from abuse order can also protect you from abuse by an extended family member or an unpaid care provider as well. See our Protection from Abuse Orders (for the elderly/dependent/incapacitated) section for more information.

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