I was not granted a protection from abuse order. What are my options?
You may want to get advice from a lawyer as to whether or not you can appeal the decision. However, the grounds for appeal are limited to “error of law” and “abuse of discretion” and there is a limited amount of time to file. Generally, appeals are complicated and you will most likely need the help of a lawyer. See our Filing an Appeal page for basic information on appeals.
You may also be able to reapply for a PFA order if a new incident of abuse occurs after you are denied the order. Also, you may decide to report the abuse to the police to see if they will arrest the defendant if they believe a crime was committed.
If you were not granted a PFA order because your relationship with the abuser does not qualify, you may be able to seek protection through a protection from harassment order. You will find more information about this process in our Protection from Harassment Order section.
In addition, remember that there are still some things you can do to stay safe. It might be a good idea to contact one of the domestic violence resource centers in your area to get help, support, and advice on how to stay safe. They can help you develop a safety plan and help connect you with the resources you need. For safety planning help, ideas, and information, go to our Safety Tips. You will find a list of Maine resources on our ME Advocates and Shelters page.