Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Information for Professionals

Criminal Justice

Overview of the Issue

Orders of Protection

An Order of Protection is a Court order designed to prevent a respondent/defendant from engaging in violent or threatening acts against, harassments of, contact or communication with, or physical proximity to a petitioner/victim. An Order of Protection must be issued by a Court, and can likewise only be modified or terminated by that same Court or a Court of competent jurisdiction.

Types of Orders of Protection include, but are not limited to:

Family Offense Orders of Protection must be considered criminal in nature, and remain in effect for the period of time stated in the Order. An Order can be extended to remain in effect longer than the period of time stated in the order if:

In each of the above instances a new Order of Protection will be issued indicating the new expiration date.

A Orders of Protection do not remain in effect for the period of time stated in the order if:

Coordinated and Consistent Enforcement of Violations of Orders of Protections Can be a Crucial Tool in Stopping Domestic Violence (printer-friendly/pdf)