if you are in immediate danger call 911
Domestic Violence is:
A domestic violence restraining order is a court order that helps protect people from abuse, and/or threats of abuse from someone they have a close relationship with. Abuse is defined as any of the following:
- Physically hurting or trying to hurt someone intentionally or recklessly;
- Sexual assault;
- Making someone reasonably afraid that they or someone else are about to be seriously hurt (like threats or promises to harm someone); OR
- Behavior like harassing, stalking, threatening, or hitting someone; disturbing someone's peace; or destroying someone's personal property, or impersonating someone on the Internet in order to harm or intimidate them.
A Restraining Order can order the restrained person to:
Not contact or go near you, your children, other relatives, or others who live with you;
Stay away from your home, work, or your children’s schools;
Move out of your house (even if you live together);
Not have a gun;
Follow child custody and visitation orders;
Pay child support;
Pay spousal or partner support (if you are married or domestic partners);
Stay away from any of your pets;
Pay certain bills; and
Release or return certain property.
Online Request for Domestic Violence Restraining Orders:
NEW: You can complete and e-fax file your domestic violence forms online. Please print and read these instructions before you begin.
You may complete a Request for a Domestic Violence Restraining Order at any Safe Haven location.
Click here for a list of Safe Havens.
For more information on Domestic Violence, click here.
If you think you may be a victim of abuse, please call the National Hotline for additional information at 1.800.799.7233 or 1.800.787.3224 (TDD)