An Order of Protection is a court order or document directing a person to refrain from having contact with you.
A temporary order can be issued by either criminal or family court.
You should go to the court clerk and request an order. A judge may be able to make a decision within a few hours if it is an emergency.
The judge decides whether or not to give you an order of protection.
A permanent order of protection can be issued at criminal sentencing. Permanent orders last between one and five years. You can ask for a permanent order of protection through the District Attorney's office.
An order of protection from criminal court can tell the abuser to do things like stay away from you, your children, your home and your workplace.
An order of Protection from family court can do the same thing as one from criminal court.
You have some responsibilities if you have an Order of Protection:
Always keep the order with you.
If your children are in it, give copies to them, their school, and babysitters.
Always follow the order.
Orders of Protection expire, so check them. It may be extended.