Legal Information: Minnesota

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
August 15, 2016

I was not granted an order for protection. What are my options?

If you are not granted an order for protection, there are still some things you can do to try 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 page. To find a shelter or an advocate at a local program, please go to our MN Advocates and Shelters page.

If you were not granted an order for protection because your relationship with the abuser does not qualify as a "family or household member,” you may be able to seek protection through a harassment restraining order (HRO).

You may also reapply for an order for protection if a new incident of domestic abuse occurs after you are denied the order.

If you believe the judge made an error of law, you can talk to someone at a domestic violence organization or a lawyer about the possibility of filing an appeal. Generally, appeals are complicated and you will most likely need the help of a lawyer.