How can a Protective Order help?
A protective order may prohibit the offender from:
• committing further acts of family violence, sexual assault, human trafficking or stalking
• harassing or threatening the victim, either directly or indirectly by communicating the threat through another person
• going to or near a school or day-care center of a child protected under the order attends
In some situations, a protective order may also include orders to: prohibit transfer or disposal of property, establish possession and visitation of a child, pay child or spousal support, attend mandatory counseling, and vacate the residence or other specified property, if certain conditions are met. These additional provisions are not criminally enforceable. A person who violates them is not immediately arrested, but may be taken to civil court, found in contempt, fined and jailed.

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1. What is a Protective Order?
2. How can a Protective Order help?
3. Who is eligible for a Protective Order?
4. How can I get a Protective Order?
5. Who may file for a Protective Order?
6. What information do I need to provide?
7. What does it cost?
8. How long does it take to receive and how long does it remain in effect?
9. What happens if the Protective Order is violated?
10. What other options are available?