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Legal Information: Vermont

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
December 13, 2019

What protections can I get in a sexual assault or stalking protective order?

A sexual assault or stalking protective order can order the abuser to stay away from you and/or your children.1 Under Vermont law, “stay away” means that the offender cannot:

  • be physically close to you; or
  • have nonphysical contact with you directly or through a third person (regardless of whether or not the third person knows about the order).2Note: “Nonphysical contact” means s/he cannot contact you in writing, or through telephone calls, mail, e-mail, social media commentary or comments, or other electronic communication or fax.3

The judge can also order anything else that the judge believes is necessary to protect you and/or your children.1

1 VT ST T. 12 § 5133(d)
2 VT ST T. 12 § 5131(7)
3 VT ST T. 12 § 5131(3)