Temporary Protective Orders

What are TPO’s?
A Temporary Protection Order (TPO) is a written statement from a court that tells the abuser to stop the abuse or face serious legal consequences. It offers civil legal protection from domestic violence to victims, both women and men.

Who are TPO’s for?
A Temporary Protective Order (TPO) helps to protect victims of domestic violence and stalking. The order will require the abuser to stay a certain distance away from you, your home and your work. The abuser will be prohibited from contacting you in person, by email, by telephone, by mail and through a third party. The court can also order the abuser to stay away from your children if the court feels the abuser poses a risk to your children.

How to sign up to get help?
A person can apply for a Temporary Protective Order (TPO) at the Family Support Council Agency with the help of an advocate. A victim can always seek private counsel or proceed without representation or assistance of an advocate. The Judge will determine whether or not to grant a protective order based on the information and evidence presented. For an extended or to dismiss a Temporary Protection Order (TPO) the judge will order a full hearing to make a determination based on the evidence presented by both parties whether to grant or dismiss the TPO petition.

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