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Restraining Orders

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December 8, 2020

What is a restraining order against stalking or harassment?

A restraining order against stalking or harassment is a civil order that is issued by the Magistrate’s Court for people who are being harassed or stalked. You do not need to have a specific relationship with the person harassing or stalking you – it can be a neighbor, co-worker, acquaintance, etc.

The restraining order against stalking or harassment can order the defendant to not:

  • abuse, threaten, or bother (“molest”) you or your family members;
  • enter or attempt to enter your home, workplace, school, or other location; and
  • communicate or attempt to communicate with you.1

1 S.C. Code § 16-3-1770(B)