A domestic-violence restraining order can work to protect you from someone who is abusing, stalking, or hurting you.
A restraining order will tell someone to
- stop hurting you physically or sexually,
- stop stalking, threatening, harassing, emailing, texting, or calling you,
- not contact or go near you, your children, your relatives, or others who live with you,
- move out of the home you share (then, if you had to leave, you could go back),
- stay a certain distance away from you and your child,
- pay you back for medical care, missed work, etc., caused by the abuse,
- not have any guns, and/or
- return your property.
When you fill out your form, tell the court what kind of orders you need. For example, if you want the person to stay away from you and your home, but be able to visit the child you share, you can ask the court to make an order that allows for visitation.