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Updated: 
March 29, 2017

Who is eligible for a dating violence protective order?

You can file for a dating violence protective order if you are a victim of abuse or dating violence by a dating partner.*  A dating partner is someone who is either emancipated from his/her parents (which means that person is a legal adult) or 18 years old (or older) and is or has been in a dating relationship with you.**  You do not have to have taken any steps to end the relationship before filing for a dating violence protective order.***  If you and the abuser are married, were previously married, have a child together, or currently or previously lived together, you are not eligible for a dating violence protective order but may be eligible for a protective order due to domestic violence/abuse.****


* UT ST § 78B-7-404(2)

** UT ST § 78B-7-404(4)

*** UT ST § 78B-7-403(2)

**** 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(32); UT ST § 78B-7-403(6)(a)