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.1 A dating partner is someone who is either emancipated from his/her parents, which means that person is a legal adult, or is 18 years old or older and is or has been in a dating relationship with you.2 You do not have to have taken any steps to end the relationship before filing for a dating violence protective order.3 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 cohabitant abuse protective order.4
1 UT ST § 78B-7-403(1)
2 UT ST § 78B-7-102(8)(a)
3 UT ST § 78B-7-403(2)
4 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(32); UT ST § 78B-7-403(6)