What is an order of protection?

An order of protection is a court order intended to prevent acts of domestic violence. A person who believes that they themselves or a family member are or may become victims of domestic violence may submit a request (petition) to any court for the issuance of an order of protection. The person you want an order against must have committed or threatened to commit an act of domestic violence within the last year. A child may not be included in an order of protection if the person against whom you are seeking the order is his/her parent, unless that person has committed domestic violence against the child. You must seek custody orders in a separate action in the Superior Court.

The person filing the injunction is called the plaintiff. The person whom the injunction is filed against is called the defendant.

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1. What is an order of protection?
2. Where do I file a petition for an order of protection?
3. How do I file?
4. What happens if the order is granted?
5. Can the Order of Protection be changed or modified?
6. What if the Order of Protection involves a minor?