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November 3, 2020

Can I get my protection order from Ohio enforced in another state?

If you have a valid Ohio protection order that meets federal standards, it can be enforced in another state. The Violence Against Women Act, which is a federal law, states that all valid protection orders granted in the United States receive “full faith and credit” in all state and tribal courts within the US, including US territories. In other words, each state must enforce out-of-state orders in the same way it enforces its own orders. If the abuser violates your out-of-state protection order, s/he will be punished according to the laws of whatever state you are in when the order is violated.