Information for the Petitioner
This order is one piece of your safety plan. The restrained person may be more likely to stay away if they believe you will report violations and if they have a fear of being arrested.
The Respondent could be in violation if they attempt to contact you, even through another person. You cannot violate your own order. This order is to protect you and prohibit the Respondent from contacting you. If you contact the other person, you cannot be arrested; however, the Respondent is often instructed to hang up or not respond if you attempt to contact them because they could be arrested for this violation.
What can I expect?
You should be contacted by the Respondent’s domestic violence treatment provider, if treatment has been ordered, to give input on the case and stay informed about the process.
If you have other concerns about safety, are looking for personal counseling services, or want to talk about your options for housing support, a SafePlace advocate (or other domestic violence program advocate in your area) may be able to provide assistance.
What are my rights?
- You have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
- You have the right to petition the court to modify or change the order. For example, you can change the order to permit phone contact regarding the children to make it easier to discuss transportation of the children for visitation.
- You have the right to petition the court to drop the order if you feel your safety level changes.
- You have the right to have input in the Respondent’s domestic violence treatment.