A protective order is an order issued by a judge that prohibits or restricts another person from engaging in certain conduct.
In order to qualify for an order of protection, the abuser must be someone:
You are married to or used to be married to
You are dating or used to date (includes sexual relationships)
You have a child with
You are related to by blood, marriage or adoption (or other legal relationship)
A judge is allowed to give you an order of protection when your abuser has:
Physically abused you, or threatened or attempted to physically abuse you
Placed you in fear or physical harm
Killed an animal to threaten you
Intimidated or harassed a family or household member
Forced you to engage in sexual activity
If you are 18 years or older, you can get an order for protection on your own without a parent or guardian's permission. If you are under 18, you will need a parent, guardian or another representative to file for you.
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What is a protective order?
How do I get a protective order?
What can I ask for in a Protective Order?
Is there a fee for obtaining a protective order?
Can I obtain a protective order from any court in Indiana?
What should I do with the protective order after I obtain it?
What should I do if the abuser violates the protective order?
What happens if I invite the abuser to my home while the protective order is in effect?
What should I do if I move to or visit another county or state?
How can I keep my new address secret?
What is an ex parte protective order?
What is a protective order hearing?
How do I prepare for a Protective Order Hearing?
When you as a victim will be notified
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