An Order of Protection is a legal document meant to protect an individual from an abuser or someone who has been harassing them. It has also been called a “restraining order”. The order of protection can be obtained from a New York State Family Court, Criminal Court or both. An order of protection, from any court, can limit the abusive person’s contact with the protected individual.
Examples of the limitations set forth in the Order of Protection include, but not limited to the following:
Examples of the limitations and allowances if the victim has a child with the abuser include, but are not limited to the following:
Go to Family Court and file a “Family Offense Petition”. A temporary order of protection may be provided that same day, however it is only enforceable after it is served on the abusive person. The police are legally obligated to help you to serve the order, but anyone other than the victim who is 18 or older can serve. It is the victim’s responsibility to have the order protection served. In the event that the case goes to trial, a judge may issue a final order of protection after several court appearances.
File a complaint at a police precinct, and ask to speak with the Domestic Violence Prevention Officer (DVPO).
YOU HAVE THE POWER TO ENFORCE YOUR ORDER OF PROTECTION! CALL THE POLICE!
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