What if I don't qualify for an order of protection?
If you don’t qualify for an order of protection due to domestic violence, you might qualify for an order of protection due to stalking or sexual assault. Go to Orders of Protection due to Stalking or Sexual Assault for more information.
Also, you might still be able to pursue criminal charges against the offender. Assault, stalking, and harassment can be against the law – no matter who the abuser is. If one of these crimes is being committed against you, you may want to report it to law enforcement. If charges are pressed against the abuser, a judge may be able to order him/her to stay away from you. You can also visit our Safety Tips page for ways to increase your safety.
Orders of protection also may not cover many types of emotional or mental abuse. If you’re being mentally or emotionally abused, you may want to contact a domestic violence organization in your area. They may be able to help you figure out your options and offer you support. To find a shelter or an advocate at a local program, please visit the MO Advocates and Shelters page under the Places that Help tab at the top of this page.