What can I do if I don't qualify for a protective order?
Even if you don’t have the type of relationship needed to get a protective order, the person who is abusing you may still be committing a crime against you and you may want to consider reporting it to law enforcement. If charges are pressed against the perpetrator, 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.
If you are being stalked or harassed, you may also want to go to the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center website for more resources related to stalking and harassment, as well safety planning information.
Protective orders also do not cover many types of emotional or mental abuse. If you’re being mentally or emotionally abused, please contact a domestic violence organization in your area. They can help you figure out your options and offer you support. To find a shelter or an advocate at a local program, please visit our MS Advocates and Shelters page.