Legal Information: Vermont

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
March 29, 2017

What happens if the abuser violates the order?

If the abuser violates the order, you may wish to report it to the police by dialing 911 and/ or you may wish to file a contempt petition in court.  If the abuser violates a temporary or final order, s/he can be held in civil contempt and/ or prosecuted for criminal contempt.  S/he may be imprisoned, fined or both.*  Note: For criminal contempt, the maximum fine is $1,000 and the maximum prison time is 6 months.**

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* VT ST T. 12 §§ 5134(d), 5133(j)
** VT ST T. 12 § 5138