Domestic Violence
Info Sheet for Self-Help Services - Restraining Orders

Self-Help Services - Restraining Orders


Domestic Violence Is:

A domestic violence restraining order is a court order that helps protect people from abuse, and/or threats of abuse from someone they have a close relationship with. Abuse is defined as any of the following:

  • Physically hurting or trying to hurt someone intentionally or recklessly;
  • Sexual assault;
  • Making someone reasonably afraid that they or someone else are about to be seriously hurt (like threats or promises to harm someone); OR
  • Behavior like harassing, stalking, threatening, or hitting someone; disturbing someone's peace; or destroying someone's personal property, or impersonating someone on the Internet in order to harm or intimidate them.

A Restraining Order can order the restrained person to:

  • Not contact or go near you, your children, other relatives, or others who live with you;
  • Stay away from your home, work, or your children’s schools;
  • Move out of your house (even if you live together);
  • Not have a gun;
  • Follow child custody and visitation orders;
  • Pay child support;
  • Pay spousal or partner support (if you are married or domestic partners);
  • Stay away from any of your pets;
  • Pay certain bills; and
  • Release or return certain property.

Online Request for Domestic Violence Restraining Orders:

NEW: You can complete and use eSubmit to file your domestic violence forms online. Please print and read these eSubmit instructions before you begin.

    After completing your forms, use eSubmit to file your Domestic Violence Forms (above).

    You may also complete a Request for a Domestic Violence Restraining Order at any Safe Haven location.

Fillable Form Packets:

Domestic Violence Resources:

If you think you may be a victim of abuse, please call the National Hotline for additional information at  1.800.799.7233 or  1.800.787.3224 (TDD)

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