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Legal Information: Puerto Rico
Updated: December 9, 2020
Who can apply for an order of protection?
Any of the following people can file for this order of protection on behalf of a minor against an someone who is abusing/neglecting a child or when the child is in immediate risk of being abused:
- the child’s parent;
- the school principal;
- a teacher;
- a school social worker;
- a police officer;
- an advocate of Children’s Affairs or an advocate of Family Matters (Procurador/a de Asuntos de Menores o Procurador/a de Asuntos de Familia);
- any prosecutor or officer authorized by the Department of Family Services; and/or
- any family member or person who is responsible for the minor child.1
1 8 L.P.R.A. § 1181
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