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:
- Contact through a third party
- Messaging (email, text, direct message via social media)
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:
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:
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.