An “injunction for protection,” or restraining order, is a court order that limits your ability to contact another person.
Types of injunctions
Injunctions for protection can be temporary or permanent. These injunctions require the person to show at a court hearing that they have been a victim or has reasonable cause to believe he or she is in imminent danger of harm. The types of injunctions include:
- Domestic violence: These injunctions have the purpose of protecting adults, but children may also be included.
- Repeat violence: These injunctions have the purpose of protecting adults and minors and are appropriate in cases in which two or more incidents of violence or stalking occur.
- Dating violence: These injunctions are geared to protect a dating partner from violence. The individual must have reasonable cause to believe they are in imminent danger.
- Sexual violence: These injunctions for protection are issued by the court to protect against sexual battery, sexual acts against a child under 16, luring or enticing a child, or sexual performance of a child.
- Stalking: Protection for children and adults requires two incidents of stalking or cyberstalking.