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Restraining Orders

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Laws current as of November 30, 2023

What if the abuser violates the order?

Violating a sexual assault protective order could be a misdemeanor. The abuser could be punished with a fine of up to $1,000, imprisonment in jail for up to a year, or both.1

If the abuser violates your order, you can report the violation to the police if that is a safe option for you and also report it to the court by filing a motion for contempt.

1 RI Gen. Laws § 11-37.2-2(e)