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Restraining Orders

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Laws current as of January 1, 2024

How do I know if my order of protection is good under federal law?

An order of protection is good anywhere in the United States as long as: 

  • it was issued to prevent violent or threatening acts, harassing behavior, or sexual violence, or it was issued to prevent another person from coming near you or contacting you;1
  • the judge that issued the order had power (jurisdiction) over the people and case; in other words, the judge had the authority to hear the case; and
  • the abuser received notice of the order and had an opportunity to go to court to tell his/her side of the story.
    • In the case of ex parte temporary and emergency orders, the abuser must receive notice and have an opportunity to go to court to tell his/her side of the story at a hearing that is scheduled before the temporary order expires.2

Note: For information on enforcing a military protective order (MPO) off the military installation or enforcing a civil protection order (CPO) on a military installation, please see our Military Protective Orders page.

1 18 U.S.C. § 2266(5)
2 18 U.S.C. § 2265(a) & (b)