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Legal Information: Utah

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
November 19, 2020

What protections can I get in a sexual violence protective order?

A temporary sexual violence protective order can:

  • order the respondent to stay away from you, your home, your school, your place of work, your place of worship, or any place you go to frequently;
  • prohibit the respondent from communicating with you or any of your household or family members mentioned in the order;
  • prohibit the respondent from threatening or committing sexual violence against you or your family or household members mentioned in the order; and
  • order anything else the judge thinks is necessary for your safety and the safety of your household or family members.1

After a hearing, whether or not the abuser comes to the hearing, the judge can:

  • order all of the protections listed above; and
  • order the following additional protections:
    • prohibit the respondent from purchasing, using, or possessing a weapon, such as a knife, but only if the judge decides that the use or possession of a weapon poses a serious threat of harm to you or to your household or family members;2 and
    • prohibit the respondent from possessing a firearm if there has been clear and convincing evidence presented at the hearing that the use or possession of a firearm creates a serious threat of harm to you or to your household or family members.3

1 UT ST § 78B-7-504(2)
2 UT ST § 78B-7-504(3)
3 UT ST § 78B-7-504(5)