An Order of Protection is a court order that requires someone to stop abusing or threatening to abuse you. It may order other things also, like your abuser to stay a certain distance away from you. If you meet the criteria, a judge will first issue a Temporary Order of Protection, which offers immediate protection and usually lasts about 20 days, the time it takes for the judge to set another hearing which both you and your abuser have the opportunity to attend. After this hearing, the judge may grant a Written Order of Protection, sometimes called a “Permanent” Order of Protection. Although referred to as “permanent” the judge has the ultimate authority to decide how long the final order will last and what the terms will be. This decision is based upon your unique situation. In these proceedings, you are call the “Petitioner” and your abuser is called the “Respondent”.


Address Confidentiality Info & Forms

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Download_icon Address Confidentiality Checklist

download_purple Advocates Address Confidentiality


Orders of Protections – General

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Download_icon How to Obtain an Order of Protection

download_purple How to Represent Yourself

Download_icon Evidence for Petitioners

download_purple WomensLaw.org Orders of Protection Overview

Download_icon Criminal Justice System and You Informational Guide

download_purple Checklist for Writing Assault/Incident Report

Download_icon FAQ


Orders of Protections – Legal Documents

forms_purple Petition for Temporary Order of Protection

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forms_green Law Enforcement Service Information

forms_purple Motion to Modify, Terminate, Review or Change a Hearing on an Order of Protection

forms_green Notice of Hearing to Modify, Terminate or Renew an Order of Protection

forms_purple Order to Modify, Terminate or Deny an Order of Protection

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Orders of Protections – Miscellaneous

Download_icon Danger Assessment

forms_purple DOJ Forensic Rape Form

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forms_purple Outstanding Victim Advocate Form

Download_icon Survival Guide for Family & Friends of Homicide

forms_purple Victim Notification of Inmate Release