Civil Protective Orders
Definition – A civil harassment restraining order is a court order that helps protect people from violence, stalking, serious harassment, or threats of violence.
You can ask for a civil harassment restraining order if:
- A person has abused (or threatened to abuse), sexually assaulted, stalked, or seriously
harassed you, and
- You are scared or seriously annoyed or harassed.
Persons you CANNOT restrain with a civil harassment restraining order:
- Your spouse/partner or former spouse/partner,
- Someone you dated at any point, OR
- A close relative (parent, child, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather, in-law).
Persons you CAN restrain with a civil harassment restraining order:
- A neighbor,
- A roommate (as long as you never dated),
- A friend,
- A family member more than 2 degrees removed, like an aunt or uncle, a niece or nephew, cousins, and more distant relatives, OR
- Other people you are not closely related to.
Other alternatives or additional options:
If you are 65 or older or a dependent adult, you can not only file for a civil harassment restraining order but you can also file an elder or dependent adult abuse restraining order. The advantage to doing this is that you can sometimes get additional assistance.
What if I do not qualify?
You may qualify for a domestic violence restraining order. See our link for more information.
You may qualify for an Elder or dependent adult abuse restraining order. Get more
information by contacting our office.
Workplace violence restraining order (filed by an employer to protect an employee from violence, stalking, or
harassment by another person). Get more information on getting a workplace violence restraining order by
contacting our office.