Order for protection
You can apply for an Order of Protection against your abuser, if you are their:
- Spouse or former spouse
- Parent or child
- Blood relative
You can also apply if you:
- Are living with them now or lived with them in the past
- Have or are expecting a child with them
- Have a significant romantic or sexual relationship with them
Orders for Protection puts limits on your abuser's behavior. They may:
- Stop your abuser from having any direct or indirect contact with you
- Prevent future acts of domestic abuse
- Limit your abuser's access to your home, work, school or daycare
- Prohibit your abuser from contacting you in person or by phone, letters, social media, email or third parties
- Establish custody of minor children.
Police can arrest abusers who violate the Order for Protection.