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What Is a Protective Order?

An individual may seek protection from another whom he or she deems to be a danger to one’s person. When this happens, the individual may file what is commonly called a restraining order or protective order. It is a form of injunction that prevents a certain individual from making contact for a specified period of time.

A protective order is meant to limit the amount of contact an individual may have with another who may mean harm or injury. Filing this type of legal injunction helps prevent any kind of fear or violent outburst. The person filing for the protective order is referred to as a petitioner while the subject of the injunction is referred to as the respondent.

There are numerous reasons for a petitioner to file for a protective order. The most common reason is to prevent any further abuse. The petitioner is usually a previous victim of abuse and wishes to prevent any future instances by filing a restraining or protective order.

In order to file for a protective order, a petitioner must only prove that he or she feels threatened by the respondent. There is no need to prove that previous instances of abuse occurred, but if it is proven, it can strengthen the case for a protective order and may lengthen the time period in which it can be enforced. A law enforcement officer can ensure that a protective order is followed in instances the officer is present or his or her presence is warranted.

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