What is a protective order?

A protective order is a civil court order that tells an individual not to commit any further acts of violence. The District Attorney's Office does not issue the protective order. The District Attorney's Office will prepare and file your application for a protective order and represent you in court.

Only a District Court judge can grant a protective order. Most protective orders are in place for 2 years. There are certain circumstances when a protective order can be issued for a victim's lifetime.

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1. What is a protective order?
2. How long will it take to get a protective order?
3. What do I have to show?
4. What if I am going through a divorce?
5. What happens when I go to court?
6. What happens once the protective order is granted?
7. I am ready to begin the process, what is the first step?