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Restraining Orders

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May 10, 2022

What types of domestic abuse restraining orders are there? How long do they last?

There are temporary and final domestic abuse restraining orders. A temporary order may be granted by a judge or court commissioner if s/he finds reasonable grounds to believe that the abuser committed or may commit domestic abuse against you.1 The temporary order lasts for 14 days or until the full court hearing and it can be extended once for 14 days if the respondent could not be served or if the parties consent.2

A final domestic abuse restraining order, also called an injunction, will last for up to four years. However, if you can prove there is a substantial risk that the respondent may commit any of these crimes against you: first-degree intentional homicide, second-degree intentional homicide, sexual assault or sexual assault of a child (sections (1) or (2)), it can last for up to 10 years.3

1 Wis. Stat. § 813.12(3)(a)(2)
2 Wis. Stat. § 813.12(3)(c)
3 Wis. Stat. § 813.12(4)(c)(1), (4)(d)

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