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A Domestic Violence Order of Protection is a civil order that may be issued when a person files against a household member and there are acts or threatened acts of abuse. A household member does not have to be living in the same home, but does include the following people: Parent, child, spouse or former spouse, current or former girlfriend or boyfriend, grandparent, or grandchild. A person may also file against someone who is not a household member if the person is being stalked or was sexually assaulted. If a Temporary Order of Protection is issued, it is in effect until a hearing is held to determine if an Order of Protection should be issued.
How does an Order of Protection help me? An Order of Protection can restrain the abusing party from committing acts of domestic violence; can exclude the abusing party from your home, work, school or daycare; can require "no contact" in person, by telephone, notes, letters, telegrams, pagers, e-mail of third party; provides other appropriate relief such as temporary custody of children and child support; and allows the police to arrest the abuser if there is a violation of the Order after it has been served on the abusing party.
Petitions for a restraining order are filed in Civil Court if a domestic relationship does not exist between the victim and abuser (i.e. brother, sister, aunt, uncle, nephew, niece). Click here for more information on civil restraining orders.
Judge and Special Commissioners
The Honorable Debra Ramirez is assigned the Domestic Violence caseload. For more information on Family Court Judges and Domestic Violence Special Commissioners, click here.