Legal Information: Rhode Island
Updated: October 20, 2021
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)
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