What is an Order of Protection?
An Order of Protection is a court order signed by a judge, that will prevent your spouse, partner, or other person related to you from abusing you, threatening to abuse you, or stalking you at home, at school or at work. This order can also be extended to your children in certain circumstances. Once an order of protection is obtained, if a person continues to abuse, threaten to abuse, or stalk a victim the police can arrest the abuser without a warrant.
Who can get an Order of Protection?
You are entitled to seek an order of protection from the appropriate court if you have suffered abuse or abuse has been threatened against you, by any of the following people:
- Your current spouse or an ex-wife/ex-husband
- The parent of your child
- Someone you live with or have lived with in the past
- A parent, sibling or other relative
- Someone you have dated or had sex with
- Someone who stalked you
- Someone who raped or threatened to rape you
How can I get an Order of Protection?
Our office can assist you in obtaining an order of protection, which is to be filed with the Court where the abuse occured or where the abuser lives. Further information and assistance can be found from the following:
The Family Safety Center, located in Memphis Tennessee: http://www.familysafetycenter.org/
The Tennessee District Attorney: http://www.tndagc.org/dv.htm