Who can get an order for protection?
Any family or household member may ask the court for an OFP. A family or household member includes married or divorced people; parents and their children; persons related by blood; and people who live together or who have lived together in the past. People who have never lived together may also ask for an OFP if they have had a child together or have been involved in a significant romantic or sexual relationship. You can also apply for an OFP to protect a child in your family or household.

Victims of abuse who are at least 16 years old may get an OFP against an abuser if they are or were married to or have a child with him or her. Victims of abuse younger than 18 years old must have another family or household member or any adult get an OFP on their behalf.

If you do not qualify for an OFP, you may be able to get a Harassment Restraining Order.

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1. What is an order for protection?
2. Who can get an order for protection?
3. Do I need a court order to stop the abuse?
4. Where do I file for an OFP?
5. How do I get an OFP?
6. How does the respondent find out about this hearing and the order?
7. What happens at the hearing?
8. What happens after the hearing? How long am I protected?
9. What happens if the respondent violates the order?
10. How do I change, extend or dismiss an order for protection?