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What is an order of protection?

An order of protection, also called a restraining order, is issued by a court to forbid or compel certain behavior by a person who harms or threatens to harm another. They are commonly issued against individuals accused of domestic violence and may contain a variety of restrictions. For example, an order of protection may direct the accused to:

  • keep a certain distance from the accuser or their family;
  • move out of their home;
  • pay child support; or
  • get rid of their firearms or refrain from purchasing firearms.

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