Legal Information: Maine

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
September 28, 2017

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

A protection from abuse (PFA) order is a civil order that protects you from harm by a family or household member or dating partner.  It also applies to victims of stalking/sexual assault where the stalking/sexual assault is not perpetrated by a family/household member. 

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