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Protective Orders

You have a right to live in a safe environment, free from the threat of harm from a family member or acquaintance. If someone you know is engaging in a pattern of harassment (including physical or sexual violence, verbal threats, property damage or stalking), you can seek protection by obtaining a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the perpetrator. If you need to extend your protection for up to three years, you can obtain an injunction at District Court of if the TRO is against a household or family member, you make a request for a protective order at Family Court.

If granted, the order sets guidelines aimed at protecting you. This can include prohibiting the defendant from calling or visiting you.

How to Obtain a TRO

  • If the defendant is not related to you by blood and you have never lived together, please file through District Court.
  • If the defendant is a family member, or has or had a dating relationship with the person seeking the TRO, please file through Family Court.