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How to get a protective order:
To be eligible for a protective order, you and the other
party must fit into at least one of the following categories:
For a protective order to work effectively, you must:
If you travel to another state, check to see whether your
protective order is valid in that state. Protective orders are valid across
some state lines. Protective orders remain in effect until they are removed by
the court, even if the victim consents to contact with the abuser.
Your local domestic violence program or a qualified attorney can help you
get a protective order. To find the nearest program offering legal support, see
the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence's website at
www.ncadv.org/resources/StateCoalitionList.php. The National Domestic Violence Hotline at
1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233) can also provide you with contacts.
March 8, 2012
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Brigid McCaw, MD, MS, MPH, FACP - Family Violence Prevention
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