An Order for Protection is a kind of restraining order that is intended to stop family violence, which includes physical harm or threat of immediate physical harm. An Order for Protection is not a criminal procedure, but rather is a civil matter handled by the family court.
If you are faced with the threat of violence from a family member or partner, or someone has accused you of violent or threatening behavior, you may need to file for, or respond to, an order for protection. This episode of the podcast discusses the basics of requesting an order for protection, as well as what you should do if someone has requested an order for protection against you.
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