A restraining order, sometimes called a protective order, shields the protected person from various forms of abuse or mistreatment brought on by the abuser or restrained person. Whether an individual feels threatened by a romantic partner, family member, coworker, classmate, or stranger, he or she may request a restraining order to stop the threats and diminish harm.

Let’s look at four reasons an individual may seek protection from a restraining order:

Reason 1: A Restraining Order Minimizes Unwanted Contact

One of the more common reasons the court may issue a restraining order is to prevent the restrained person from reaching out to the protected person in any way. Prohibited forms of contact can include:

  • Calling
  • Contact through a third party
  • Messaging (email, text, direct message via social media)
  • Stalking

If you are a victim of domestic violence or stalking, you may request a restraining order to stop all forms of contact with your abuser or stalker.

Reason 2: A Restraining Order Prevents Harassment

Whether at home, in the workplace, or in public settings, harassment can manifest in many forms, including:

  • Discriminatory
  • Mental
  • Personal
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Verbal

Should you experience continued harassment from a perpetrator, you may file a restraining order against the harassing party to stop unwanted behaviors from happening.

Reason 3: A Restraining Order Protects from Domestic Abuse

Any person involved in an abusive relationship or actively leaving an abusive relationship may file for a restraining order to help stop any form of violence against themselves (and possibly their children).

Similar to harassment, abuse or violence can take several forms, including:

  • Emotional
  • Financial
  • Mental
  • Physical
  • Psychological
  • Sexual
  • Verbal

If you are in an abusive situation, protect yourself (and your children) through a restraining order, and know that help is available. Call 800-799-7233 or text START to 88788.

Reason 4: A Restraining Order Inhibits Asset Depletion

A spouse amid a divorce may file a restraining order against the other party or a third party (such as a bank or financial institution) if they can prove he or she is tampering with marital property. If your spouse is depleting assets to prevent you from receiving your fair share, a restraining order can halt their actions.

Filing for a restraining order or family protective order can feel intimating, but the team at EMC Family Law is here to fight for your protection.

Our skilled attorneys are well-versed in the laws surrounding restraining orders and will act on your behalf to help secure your safety. Tell us about your situation today: 770-225-7000